Iran Thwarted U.S. Attempt to 'Steal' Oil in Sea of Oman, Iranian State TV Says

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A gas flare on an oil production platform in the Soroush oil fields is seen alongside an Iranian flag in the Gulf in 2005.
A gas flare on an oil production platform in the Soroush oil fields is seen alongside an Iranian flag in the Gulf in 2005.Credit: RAHEB HOMAVANDI/ REUTERS

Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards foiled an attempt by the United States to "steal" the Islamic Republic's oil in the Sea of Oman, Iranian state TV reported on Wednesday, saying the incident took place recently.

Reached for comment, the U.S. Navy's Bahrain-based Fifth Fleet said it had seen reports of the incident but at present had no information to provide.

Iran's state TV said U.S. forces used helicopters and warships to try to block an Iranian oil tanker in the Sea of Oman. Iran's English-Language Press TV said the tanker was back in Iran's territorial waters.

Iran has repeatedly warned the United States about its military activities in the Gulf, saying that the Guards naval forces have increased patrols to also secure the passage of Iranian ships and combat fuel smuggling.

Meanwhile, a senior Iranian official said on Wednsday that negotiations to revive Iran's 2015 nuclear agreement with world powers will fail unless U.S. President Joe Biden can guarantee that Washington will not again abandon the pact.

"The U.S. President, lacking authority, is not ready to give guarantees. If the current status quo continues, the result of negotiations is clear," the head of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, Ali Shamkhani, said in a tweet.

Iran is expected to give an exact date this week for the resumption of talks with the powers, scheduled for the end of November according to Iranian top nuclear negotiator Ali Bagheri-Kani.

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