“Four ships were seized at sea in the last few days and are now en route to Houston,” reads the article released by the WSJ on Thursday. Al Arabiya, Friday (14/8/2020).
The WSJ reports that a senior US government official will meet with the tanker while it is docked. An official told the WSJ that no military force was used when the tanker was seized. (Read: US says Iran seizes a tanker in the Arabian Gulf)
Al Arabiya was unable to reach the US State Department, National Security Council and Pentagon for comment on the article. (Read: US Hunts Four Iranian Tankers)
Earlier this year, Iran defied US threats and sent tanker ships filled with fuel to Venezuela, which is short on fuel due to devastating US economic sanctions. (Read: Five Tankers Carry Iranian Oil for Venezuela, Approaching Caribbean)
Washington threatened to take action against the tanker but did not take any action.