Might be some fireworks in the Persian Gulf. Stayed tuned.
For the first time, the United States confiscated cargo in ships loaded with Iran fuel in violation of sanctions and it was the largest confiscation of its kind from anywhere. At the beginning of July, the DOJ sued to get permission to seize the four tankers of oil that Iran was sending to Venezuela. The court gave the DOJ the go-ahead and the US Centcom seized the ships on Aug. 12th.
The four vessels—Luna, Pandi, Bering and Bella—were seized at sea in recent days and are now en route to Houston, the officials said. Senior administration officials are expected to meet the tankers in the coming days at an event scheduled to mark the docking, the officials said. A spokesman for the Justice Department declined to comment.
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This shipment was united two countries being sanctioned by America, Iran and Venezuela. The purpose of the seizure was to raise the pressure on each of the two rogue regimes. The U.S. had been warning shipping companies that their sips were in danger if they kept dealing with the two countries.