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Iran seizes cargo vessel on charges of 'trespassing'

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http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/04/iran-seizes-cargo-vessel-charges-trespassing-150428150053066.html

 

Iranian warships have seized control of a cargo vessel in the Strait of Hormuz on charges of breaching the country's territorial waters.

A US defence department spokesman said on Tuesday that the Iranian navy was taking a Marshall Islands-flagged cargo vessel, the MV Maersk Tigris, to the southern port city of Bandar Abbas in the Gulf after it entered its waters.

Pentagon spokesman Colonel Steve Warren, who said there were no Americans onboard, said the vessel had been boarded by the Iranian navy and no injuries had been reported.

Warren said the ship issued a distress call and US Naval Forces Central Command, based in the area, had sent a US destroyer and an aircraft to the area of the incident to monitor the situation.

Al Jazeera's Alan Fisher, reporting from Washington, said the White House and Pentagon were informed of the incident and were investigating the matter.

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does this mean it's on?

No,  story is developing.  But by no means is it,  on. 

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Marshall Islands Needs U.S. Help in Iran Standoff

The Marshall Islands, a small country that gained independence from the U.S.  in 1986, will almost definitely have to rely on the U.S. to retrieve a cargo ship flying its flag that was commandeered Tuesday by Iran's Navy, apparently in Iranian waters.

When asked if his country would request that the U.S. rescue the cargo ship from Iran, Junior Aini, the charge d'affairs for the Marshall Islands Embassy in Washington, told us he was still awaiting guidance from his foreign ministry. But he also suggested that his country had no other recourse than to hope the U.S. responds.   

"The United States has the full security responsibility over the islands and for the defense of the islands, this is what our treaty says," he told us. Aini was referring to a 1986 accord between the U.S. and the island nation that set the terms for independence. The Marshall Islands has no standing army. News that Iran had boarded the Maersk Tigris surprised Aini. He said he initially learned about the incidentfrom watching Fox News.

http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2015-04-28/marshall-islands-needs-u-s-help-in-iran-standoff

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Pentagon says US 'able to respond' if needed after Iran seizes cargo ship

WASHINGTON –  The Pentagon said Wednesday that the U.S. would "be able to respond" if necessary to help a Marshall Islands-flagged ship that was diverted, and boarded, a day earlier by Iran -- though it remains unclear how far the U.S. Navy might be willing to go if the tense situation escalates. 

Obama administration officials have given conflicting signals over what obligation the U.S. has to protect the vessel, as the Marshall Islands and U.S. have a longstanding security agreement. 

Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren said a U.S. guided-missile destroyer, the USS Farragut, is in the area and "keeping an eye on things," and in close enough proximity to the ship that they "will be able to respond if a response is required." 

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/04/29/state-dept-pentagon-send-conflicting-messages-on-us-response-to-iran-cargo-ship/

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Excellent follow up on the thread 547am, I didnt lose interest,  I cant find anything!!  Good job and thanks! ?

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Excellent follow up on the thread 547am, I didnt lose interest,  I cant find anything!!  Good job and thanks! ?

​Happy to help. This is one of those situations being pushed into the back pages and I think it's something to keep an eye on.

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U.S. Navy starts to accompany U.S. ships passing through Strait of Hormuz

(Reuters) - U.S. Navy ships started accompanying U.S.-flagged commercial vessels passing through the Strait of Hormuz on Thursday, seeking to ensure freedom of navigation two days after Iran seized a cargo ship, U.S. defense officials said.

The officials, speaking to Reuters on condition of anonymity, described the decision as incremental, saying it was a precautionary move expected to be for a limited time involving Navy ships already deployed to the area.

They also stressed that the Navy would not be "escorting" ships, which would involve moving in much closer proximity. One noted the Navy ships would be in communication with the U.S.-flagged vessels and somewhat nearby but not necessarily closely trailing them.

Still, the decision is the latest sign of the heightened tension in the region after Iran detained the Marshall Islands-flagged Maersk Tigris container ship on Tuesday and after Iranian ships followed the U.S.-flagged Maersk Kensington on April 24.

The Pentagon has said those incidents showed "a pattern of harassment."

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/04/30/iran-usa-ship-idUSL5N0XR37520150430

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