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Iran seizes third foreign ship in less than a month

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Iranian boats carrying commercial goods, mainly food ingredients, are shown docked at Ras al-Khor in Dubai early last month as tensions rose in Gulf waters.

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AFP, Tehran :
Iran has seized a "foreign vessel" in the Gulf, state media said Sunday, in what would be the third such seizure in a month amid heightened tensions with its foe the United States.
Naval forces of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps "seized this ship around Farsi Island which was carrying around 700,000 litres of smuggled fuel", said a Guards statement quoted by the official news agency IRNA.
Seven foreign crew members were arrested during the operation which was carried out on Wednesday night, according to Fars news agency, which is considered close to the Guards. Tensions between arch-enemies Iran and the United States have soared this year after Washington stepped up its campaign of "maximum pressure" against the Islamic republic.
Ships have been attacked, drones downed and oil tankers seized since May, after the United States withdrew from a landmark nuclear deal between Iran and world powers and reimposed biting sanctions against the country.
At the height of the crisis, US President Donald Trump called off air strikes against Iran at the last minute in June after the Islamic republic's forces shot down a US drone.
The seizure of the latest vessel would be the third by Iran in less than a month Gulf waters-a conduit for much of the world's crude oil.
On July 18, the Guards said they had detained the Panama-flagged for MT Riah for alleged fuel smuggling.
And a day later, they announced they had impounded the British-flagged Stena Impero in the Strait of Hormuz for breaking "international maritime rules".
The identity of the latest vessel seized and the nationality of its detained crew had not yet been revealed on Sunday.
·Guards boats had been patrolling the Gulf to control traffic and detect illicit trade when they seized it, the Guards said in its statement. "The ship was transferred to Bushehr and its smuggled fuel was handed over" to the authorities in coordination with judicial authorities, it said.
Fars quoted Brigadier General Ramezan Zirahi, a commander of the Guards who carried out the seizure, as saying the vessel had been en route to deliver fuel to Gulf Arab states. The reports came after an Iranian general said on Sunday that the chances of a conflict breaking out in the Gulf region had decreased.
"At first glance, it may seem that the situation in the Persian Gulf is heading towards a military conflict but when studying the situation more deeply, we see that chances for such a conflict become less probable," said Brigadier General Ahmadreza Pourdastan.
"All countries which have interests in the region are by no means willing to see a new crisis in the Middle East," he said, quoted by Mehr news agency.
"The military capabilities of our armed forces are to such an extent that the enemies don't dare go for a military option against us.
"The Persian Gulf is like a tinderbox and explosion of the first firecracker can lead to a huge disaster," the general said.
On the diplomatic front, officials in Iran said Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, had been hit with US sanctions after turning down an invitation to meet Trump in Washington.
The New Yorker magazine reported on Friday that Republican Senator Rand Paul met Zarif in the US on July 15 and had Trump's blessing when he extended an invitation to the Iranian minister to go to the White House.
Officials in Iran confirmed the report on Sunday, heaping scorn on the Trump administration for claiming to want dialogue with Iran while slapping sanctions on its top diplomat.

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