The Iranian Foreign Ministry said that the Islamic Republic had helped a nameless ship that had suffered a technical disruption in the Strait of Hormuz due to concerns that Tehran had seized a UAE oil tanker in the area ,
Abbas Mousavi, the Foreign Ministry spokesman was quoted by the state news agency IRNA early Wednesday as saying that the Iranian armed forces had rushed to the aid of an unidentified tanker who sent an emergency call after a "technical breakdown".
He said tugs had been towed towards Iranian waters for repairs. Mousavi did not specify which nation the ship came from, who it belonged to, or what status it was.
US OFFICIALS IRANS COULD HAVE RECORDED A MISSING OIL TANKER IN UAE BASE
Iran's statements are US and UAE The ship has been out of contact since late Saturday night with the shutdown of its transponder had with his owner.
The MT Riah, a United Arab Emirates-based oil tanker with Panamanian flag, drove on Saturday night through the Strait of Hormuz tracking system went dark. The 1
"This is a red flag," said Captain Ranjith Raja of the data company Refinitiv on Tuesday. He said the tanker had not turned off its tracker during three months of travel in the United Arab Emirates.
The Strait of Hormuz connects the Persian Gulf with the Gulf of Oman and about 20 percent of the world's oil flows across the narrow waterway.  An Emirati official disagreed with Mousavi's comments and told the Associated Press on Tuesday that MT Riah had not offered an emergency call before shutting down his tracker, adding that they "are monitoring the situation with our international partners."
United Arab Emirates OIL TANKER IS MISSING IN THE STREET OF HORMUZ AFTER DRIVING IN IRANIAN WATERS
A US Defense official told The Associated Press that America "suspected" that Iran was the ship in the field of tension between Tehran and Washington because of its dissolving nuclear deal with the world powers.
"Could it have collapsed or sought help? That's a possibility, "said an unknown US official to The Associated Press. "But the longer there is no contact. It will cause concern. "
Oil tankers were previously used in the region under pressure from tensions between the US and Iran over its nuclear program due to the dissolving nuclear deal with the world's powers, after President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew America from the agreement over a year ago would have.
Dubai-based ship owner Prime Tankers LLC said the AP had sold the ship to another company called Mouj Al-Bahar. A man who answered a phone number registered with the company told the AP that she had no ships. The Emirati official said that the vessel was "neither owned nor owned by the United Arab Emirates" and had not carried Emirates personnel without further explanation.
Detected Iranian tank will be released if the oil is not bound to Syria. ]
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Tuesday that his country would retaliate for seizing an Iranian supertanker with 2.1 million barrels of light crude oil. The ship was seized from Gibraltar earlier this month with the help of the British Royal Marines on suspicion of flying to Syria in violation of European Union sanctions. This operation called Khamenei in a televised "piracy".
The Islamic Republic and its dedicated forces will not leave this evil unanswered, "he said, saying he did not elaborate on it.
British Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt said on Saturday Britain would ease the release of the ship if Iran could guarantee that the ship would not violate the European sanctions for oil shipments to Syria.
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Iran has previously threatened to stop oil tankers operating Strait, the narrow mouth of the Persian Gulf, through which flows 20% of the total crude oil, if it can not sell its own oil abroad.
Louis Casiano and the Associated Press of Fox News have to this Report contributed.