Seizure of US oil tanker showed Iran’s strategic patience

Iranian Ambassador to Venezuela Hojjat Soltani has hailed the Iranian Navy’s seizure of an American oil tanker that had stolen Iran’s crude oil eight months ago as proof of the country’s “strategic patience”.


“This means strategic patience. We have maintained a policy of patience but we never forget anything,” Soltani said via social media on Friday.

“In May 2023, the Yankees stole an Iranian oil cargo with an American oil tanker; Yesterday, the Iranian Navy seized the same oil tanker,” he wrote.

On Thursday, the Iranian Navy announced the seizure of the American oil tanker Marshall Islands-flagged St Nikolas in the Sea of Oman.

The vessel, loaded with 145,000 metric tons of crude oil, was seized in retaliation and by court order and the approval of the Ports and Shipping Organization and was transferred to Iranian ports, the Navy said

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