Iran reports incident with US Navy – Pentagon denied

According to Tehran, the US is said to have hauled an oil tanker away. The US Department of Defense called the information “absolutely wrong”. And: The nuclear negotiations with Iran will soon be resumed.

Iran has an incident with the US-Marine reported in the Gulf of Oman. Iran’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) announced in a press release on Wednesday that the US had seized an Iranian oil tanker and carried it outside Iranian waters “in an act of piracy”. The US Department of Defense denied the allegations.

The IRGC said they were able to take the tanker back with a helicopter and return it to their own waters. The efforts of the US Navy to this Rescue operation to prevent failed, according to the IRGC, according to the Isna news agency.

Defense Department spokesman John Kirby called the information “absolutely false and untrue”. Kirby said on Wednesday, “There has been no such effort by the US Navy to confiscate anything.”

New start of the nuclear negotiations

However, there was also good news about Iran: The nuclear negotiations with Iran will continue on November 29 in Vienna. The European External Action Service announced on Wednesday evening. High diplomats from China, Russia, France, Great Britain and Germany will meet with representatives of Tehran under the chairmanship of the EU Foreign Affairs Representative, Josep Borrell. Iran’s deputy foreign minister and future head of the Iranian nuclear delegation, Ali Bagheri, also confirmed the appointment on Twitter that evening.

Negotiations to restore the 2015 Vienna Agreement were interrupted after the presidential election in June and the change of government in Tehran. The remaining partners are trying to get the US back to the agreement. Iran should also enter into technical obligations.

The Vienna deal was supposed to prevent the construction of Iranian nuclear weapons. In return, the sanctions on Iran should be lifted. In response to the US sanctions, Tehran began to exceed the imposed technical restrictions in 2019, including making its uranium more and more weapons-grade.

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