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Irked by Iran’s growing oil sales, US resorts to piracy: Report

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
A report says that stealing oil cargoes is a last-ditch effort by the US to prevent Iran’s growing sales.

The United States has resorted to pirating Iranian oil cargoes as it has failed in its various attempts to cut the  country’s oil exports to zero through its regime of sanctions, says an analysis published in the Iranian media just after reports showed that Iranian military forces had prevented one such piracy attempt in the Sea of Oman.

The Wednesday report by the Tasnim news agency said that Washington had become increasingly irritated by the fact that Iran has managed to get round US sanctions and sell its oil cargoes to customers in Asia and elsewhere.

The report said that a recent attempt by US marine forces to confiscate Iranian oil cargo in the Sea of Oman was a sign that Washington had become desperate in its efforts to choke off Iran’s oil trade.

“Following the failure of US government’s maximum pressure campaign to stifle Iran’s rising crude exports and given the new wave of growth in the Iranian oil exports, we witnessed an attempt by this country (the US) which reflects the Great Satan is hopeless,” said the report.

Iranian elite military force the IRGC said on Wednesday that it had prevented a piracy attempt on an Iranian oil cargo travelling in the sea of Oman last month.

IRGC’s Navy released videos showing its servicemen had boarded a ship that was carrying Iranian oil just before an alleged attempt by US forces to confiscate the tanker.

The analysis by Tasnim, which is close to the IRGC, claimed that Iran’s oil exports had increased under a new administration that came to office in early August.

Reports have suggested that Iran is planning to ramp up its exports of crude and petroleum products in the upcoming months as the country come up with solutions to circumvent a series of US sanctions that have targeted its energy trade since 2018.

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