Did The Iranians Just Seize A U.S. Cargo Ship?

Drudge just picked up an Al-Arabiya report saying they did.

Iran has fired at a U.S. cargo ship and has directed it to Bandar Abbas port on the southern coast of Iran, Al Arabiya News Channel has reported on Tuesday.

Up to 34 American sailors are believed to be onboard the ship, Al Arabiya reported.

And the Iranian state-run Fars News also has a report to that effect…

The Iranian Navy has confiscated the American trade vessel with all its 34 crew for trespassing on Iran’s territorial waters in the Persian Gulf.

An Iranian warship is now taking the American vessel to Iran’s Southern port city of Bandar Abbas in the Persian Gulf.

There has been no official confirmation of the seizure yet.

But the story gets confusing from there. CNBC quotes the Pentagon as saying it’s not an American ship and there are no Americans on board.

The Pentagon later reported that the Maersk Tigris did not have any U.S. citizens aboard and was traveling through the Strait of Hormuz when the incident occurred.

The Maersk Tigris is apparently flagged from the Marshall Islands – which is close enough for Fars News, and while Maersk is a multinational corporation the fact they own the ship is also close enough for Fars to call it an American ship.

It is a relief to know we’re not going to have another American hostage crisis in Iran as a result of this incident, though Iran firing on and seizing international shipping is not an acceptable practice if the Obama administration is going to treat with that regime. They’re only becoming more hostile as our president attempts to seek a deal with them, rather than less. You would think he’d see that as a sign to back away from the negotiating table.

Which, of course, is not happening.



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