24 August 2019

Iran shares images of US ships' daily movements in Gulf

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Relations between Iran and the United States have been hitting new lows, with drones and tankers being at the centre of the conflict in the past two months. reports citing Yahoo news that Iran's navy chief has said that Iran observes all US vessels operating in the Persian Gulf region, and has an archive of images of their daily movements.

"We observe all enemy ships, particularly America, point-by-point from their origin until the moment they enter the region," Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi, commander of Iran's navy, said on Tuesday as quoted by the Young Journalists Club local news agency.

"We have complete images and a large archive of the daily and moment-by-moment traffic of the coalition forces and America," he added, explaining that the images were captured by Iranian drones.

His comments come after the seizure of a British-flagged tanker which Iran claims had violated maritime rules.

Britain has accused Tehran of capturing the tanker in international waters, and announced a European task force to protect ships passing through the Strait of Hormuz, a crucial waterway for oil trade.

This marked the latest uptick in tensions in the sensitive region, following a year of growing confrontation between Iran and the United States.

It reached a boiling point last month after Iran shot down a US spy drone, with Donald Trump cancelling a retaliatory strike at the last minute.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo argued on Monday that the ongoing crisis was not caused by US sanctions, but by Iran's "zeal to conduct terror".

2019.07.23 / 10:59
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