- Tensions have rapidly risen between the two countries since U.S. airstrikes killed Iran’s Commander-in-Chief Kasem Soleimani earlier this month.
- Vessels navigating the Arabian Gulf, the Gulf of Oman and the Strait of Hormuz may encounter GPS or communication interference
Dubai: The United States, opposed to Iran, called on Tuesday commercial vessels navigating in and around the Gulf of Arabia to stay vigilant against various threats.
Tensions have rapidly increased in both countries since the US military bombing earlier this month killed Supreme Commander Kasem Soleimani, who was planning military operations in the Middle East.
Iran fired a ballistic missile at a U.S. military stationed in Iraq in retaliation, but no casualties were reported to the U.S. military. In addition, it accidentally shot down a Ukrainian airliner flying near Tehran, causing the death of all 176 passengers and crew.
“Increased military activity and increasing political tension in the region continue to pose serious threats to commercial vessels,” the United States said in a warning against vessels, ” Miscalculations or misperceptions can lead to aggressive behavior. “
In the Arabian Gulf, the Gulf of Oman, and the Strait of Hormuz, where one-third of all the oil transported by sea passes , ships can encounter GPS or communication interference.
Some vessels have reported “communications from unidentified fleets that claim to be the United States or the United States Fleet.
The United States states that if an Iranian army comes into contact, the ship should be identified and said it is sailing in accordance with international law.
He refused to board the Iranian army, but avoided brute force and advised vessels to contact the Fifth Fleet immediately.
Last year, Iran was accused of sabotaging oil tankers navigating the Arabian Gulf. Although Iran has denied a series of allegations, it is widely known that Iran’s oil tankers have seized British oil tankers in retaliation for their seizure by the British Gibraltar authorities.
Iranian tankers were allegedly trying to bring oil to Syria, Iran’s close ally, in breach of sanctions. Both tankers have been released a few weeks later.
The tension stems from President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from Iran’s nuclear agreement with the world’s powers in 2015 and impose “ maximum ” economic sanctions on Iran. . The economic sanctions have been devastating to the Iranian economy.