Al Arabiya News, the English version of a 24-hour Saudi news service in the Arab world, reports that the Iran military has fired on a U.S. cargo ship and directed it to the port of Bandar Abbas on the southern coast of Iran. Details of the supposed seizure of the American vessel are sketchy, but early reports say there were up to 34 U.S. sailors on board the ship whose cargo is not publicly disclosed.
The Independent reports that the reason for the reported hostilities directed at the vessel by the Iranian military is unclear. However, the website RT reports that the Iranian military went after the ship for supposedly trespassing in territorial waters.
“The Iranian Navy has reportedly seized a US ship with 34 crew members on board, for violating Iran’s waters in the Persian Gulf.”
The BBC adds that there has been no official confirmation of the incident from either Iranian or U.S. officials. In a separate report prior to word of the dramatic turn of events in the Persian Gulf, the BBC noted that multi-national negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program are resuming in New York. And in Washington, the Senate is also looking to exert its influence over the direction of the talks that President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry are so intent on pushing forward.
“…the US Senate will begin debate on bipartisan legislation to subject any final nuclear accord to review by Congress and a potential vote to approve or reject it. Republican senators have already filed amendments that the bill’s sponsors warn could jeopardise a rare bipartisan measure.”
Western Journalism will provide updates on the reported seizure of the American ship by the Iranian Navy as they become available.
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