Strait of Hormuz
3 May 2023

U.S. Naval Forces Central Command reported that the “Panama-flagged oil tanker Niovi was seized by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy (IRGCN) while transiting the Strait of Hormuz”, further asserting: “Iran’s continued harassment of vessels and interference with navigational rights in regional waters are unwarranted, irresponsible and a present threat to maritime security and the global economy”. Iranian state media indicated that the seizure was based on a judicial order following a “private complaint”.

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