Tanker missing

World News

July 16, 2019 - 11:28 AM

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Tracking data shows an oil tanker based in the United Arab Emirates traveling through the Strait of Hormuz drifted off into Iranian waters and stopped transmitting its location over two days ago, raising concerns today about its status amid heightened tensions between Iran and the U.S.

It wasn’t clear what happened to the Panamanian-flagged oil tanker Riah late Saturday night, though a U.S. defense official told The Associated Press that America “has suspicions” Iran seized the vessel. There was no immediate comment from Tehran.

However, its last position showed it pointing toward Iran. Oil tankers have previously been targeted as the Persian Gulf region took center stage in a crisis over Iran’s unraveling nuclear deal with world powers.

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