US Navy seized Iranian petroleum products and hundreds of missiles from vessels in Arabian Sea

Published:Dec 7, 202310:45

The weapons, the division mentioned in the Tuesday launch, have been seized by the US throughout "routine maritime security operations."Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps organized the shipments of weapons, which have been sure for Houthi militias in Yemen, the Justice Department mentioned. The petroleum was taken from "four foreign-flagged tankers in or around the Arabian Sea while en route to Venezuela," based on the discharge.US Navy Central Command seized the weapons from two "flagless vessels" in the Arabian Sea on two events: November 25, 2019, and February 9, 2020."These successful forfeiture actions are a product of the U.S. government's coordinated efforts to enforce U.S. sanctions against the IRGC and the Iranian regime," the discharge acknowledged.
Assistant Attorney General Matthew G. Olsen of the Justice Department's National Security Division added that "the actions of the United States in these two cases strike a resounding blow to the Government of Iran and to the criminal networks supporting Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps."The weapons included "171 guided anti-tank missiles, eight surface-to-air missiles, land attack cruise missile components, anti-ship cruise missile components, thermal weapon optics and other components for missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles," or drones, the discharge assist. The US obtained three kind "358" surface-to-air missiles and 150 "Dehlavieh" anti-tank guided missiles in the 2020 weapons seizure.The Justice Department forfeited the weapons via the US District Court for the District of Columbia. The court docket upheld the division's findings, agreeing the weapons have been half of an Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps trafficking community "designed to distribute illicit weapons to the Houthi movement in Yemen," the discharge mentioned.The petroleum products have been seized as a result of the US authorities believed they originated in Iran and their sale would profit the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, an Iranian entity sanctioned by the US, the federal government alleged in a grievance filed in the US District Court for the District of Columbia on July 2, 2020.The court docket, on October 1, 2021, agreed with the federal government, discovering that the petroleum and its potential sale would profit the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, the discharge mentioned.

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