Five boats that could belong to the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC, the elite units of the Armed Forces of Iran) tried to stop a British tanker in the Strait of Hormuz.
According to their data, the tanker left the Persian Gulf when five boats approached it. The crew was ordered to change course and stop in the territorial waters of Iran. The tanker, according to CNN, was accompanied by a frigate of the Royal Navy of Great Britain, Montrose. His crew insisted that the alleged Iranian servicemen immediately turn around and miss the ship, which they did.
The channel emphasizes that the United States allegedly has a video of the incident, made from an aircraft in the air above the strait.
A spokesman for the Central Command of the United States Armed Forces (CENTCOM), Captain First Rank Bill Urban, confirmed that the Pentagon is aware of such an incident.
“We are aware of reports that today the fighting boats of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps carried out hostile actions in the Strait of Hormuz and made attempts to prevent the passage of the British Heritage merchant ship under the flag of the United Kingdom,” he said.
“Threats to the freedom of international shipping require an international solution. The world economy depends on the free movement of goods, and all countries are obliged to protect and preserve this foundation of world wealth,” Urban added.
Earlier, a State Department spokesman told reporters that Washington, together with its allies, is creating a coalition to ensure freedom of navigation in the Gulf region. This is the Sentinel program (“Guardian”), which the United States and its allies will provide material and financial support. Which countries will be included in the coalition, the representative of the US Foreign Ministry did not specify. He also avoided answering the question of whether the United States is preparing to send its ships to the region as part of this program. Over the past two months, several oil tankers have been attacked in the Gulf region. The US and Saudi Arabia are blaming the attacks on Iran, which rejects the accusations. On June 20, Iranian armed forces shot down an American drone, announcing that it violated the country’s airspace, which led to another round of tension