Trying to figure out what's going on here?
Quoting from two articles:
IBT and RT
-A cargo ship has been seized by Iranian naval forces and taken to the
Persian Gulf port of Bandar Abbas, on the Strait of Hormuz, a tweet
Tuesday from the Saudi Arabian-owned Al Arabiya news website
This whole narrative originates with Saudi Arabia.
- While it's not yet clear where the ship was intercepted, a live feed on
ship tracking site MarineTraffic.com shows one ship with the Marshall
Islands' flag, the Maersk Tigris, in the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas.
The ship was on its way from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, to the port of Jebel
Ali in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, the website reported. The Pentagon
has confirmed that the ship seized by Iran is the Maersk Tigris.
Clearly the ship was in Iranian territorial waters. The question is why?
-"The master was contacted and directed to proceed further into Iranian
territorial waters. He declined and one of the IRGCN craft fired shots
across the bridge of the Maersk Tigris," said Pentagon spokesman Col.
Steve Warren, referring to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy.
"The master complied with the Iranian demand and proceeded into Iranian
waters in the vicinity of Larak Island."
The ship was already in Iranian waters- the ship master was contacted and told to proceed further into the water, likely for inspection- The ship master declined and shots were fired across the bridge, at which point the master decided to comply- Why did this ship enter Iranian waters at all?
-After the shots were fired the Tigris issued a distress call and the USS
Farragut, a destroyer, was deployed to investigate. It's not yet clear
what the destroyer may do when it reaches the area.
-While the ship does not belong to a company from the United States,
the fact that it is registered in the Marshall Islands is politically
important to the U.S. A little-known treaty between the two states makes
the U.S. responsible for the Pacific island nation's defenses.
-"The government of the United States has full authority and
responsibility for security and defense matters in or relating to the
Republic of the Marshall Islands," states the Compact of Free Association signed in 2003 between the two.
RT has an image, that can't be placed here- which really makes one wonder how this ship got soooo of course.... Unless?
Testing the waters?
A way to boost oil prices?- Oil up after Iran seizes cargo ship; weak dollar supports
From earlier today, more important, the impending push back from the petro chemical corporations regarding their abominations known as GMO's