Iran Forces Open Fire On, Seize "Trespassing"US Cargo Ship With 34 People On Board, Arabiya Reports

Tyler Durden's picture

Update 3: Turns out Iran did seize a ship, just not a US ship:


Update 2: Curiously, while we were confident Iran would deny the report first, it was in fact the US: US NAVY DENIES CONFRONTATION WITH IRANIAN MILITARY: CNBC

The good news is that it will be very easy to confirm who is lying and who is telling the truth, in a matter of hours.

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Moments ago according to the native Twitter feed of al-Arabiya (which is owned by the Saudis), Iranian forces have seized a US cargo ship, which has some 34 American sailors, which they have taken to the port of Bandar Abbas.

Al Arabiya adds that Iran fired on the US cargo ship before escoring it, a move which will surely lead to a rapid and violent escalation in the gulf:

Iran's Farsnews confirms the Arabiya report, stating that "a US cargo ship with 34 crew was stopped and seized by Iranian Navy warships on Tuesday. The Iranian Navy has confiscated the American trade vessel with all its 34 crew for trespassing on Iran's territorial waters in the Persian Gulf."

An Iranian warship is now taking the American vessel to Iran's Southern port city of Bandar Abbas in the Persian Gulf.


There has been no official confirmation of the seizure yet.

It is unclear why Iran would do this and if this is merely yet another Saudi provocation (expect a full denial by Iran), but the US kneejerk reaction may not only scuttle, so to say, any ongoing Iran nuclear negotiations, but led to a far more violent retaliation, which may explain the move in crude if not the move lower in stocks.

After all global war is bullish for risk.

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Just a few hours earlier Iran has demanded that Israel give up its “nuclear weapons”, as it spoke on behalf of the 120-nation Non-Aligned Movement. Iran’s Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif said the bloc also wants a nuclear free-zone in the Middle East.

According to RT, Mohammad Javad Zarif was speaking at the United Nations for the non-aligned group of countries. Israel has never admitted or denied the widespread assumption it has nuclear weapons. However, Zarif says Israel’s assumed nuclear arsenal was a threat to regional security.

The Iranian Foreign Minister said the non-aligned movement regards Israel’s nuclear program as, “a serious and continuing threat to the security of neighboring and other states, and condemned Israel for continuing to develop and stockpile nuclear arsenals,” according to Reuters.

Israel has not signed up to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), though it has sent an observer to the month long conference for the first time in 20 years.

Zarif added that the non-aligned bloc are looking to create a nuclear free-zone in the Middle East “as a matter of high priority,” which will only be possible, if Israel abandons its nuclear stockpile.

“Israel, [is] the only one in the region that has neither joined the NPT nor declared its intention to do so, (...) renounce possession of nuclear weapons,” AFP cited Zarif as saying.

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For now the reaction is evident in crude prices...

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And here is the latest US naval map update:

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NoDebt's picture

This is how you properly negotiate a nuclear weapons treaty.

nope-1004's picture

Maybe, or "owned by the Saudis" was the key to the above.


Pinto Currency's picture


The Gulf of Bandar Abbas incident.

Stuck on Zero's picture

Yeah. And like there's a US flagged merchant ship let alone a US crew.  What a joke. All merchant ships are owned by a twelfth order holding company,  flagged in Panama or Liberia, and carry crews from Indonesia and Malaysia.

Pinto Currency's picture



The Brookings Institution's 2009 policy paper titled, "Which Path to Persia? Options for a New American Strategy Toward Iran," makes clear that negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program is merely theater, and that it will be used to give the world the impression that the United States explored all possible "peaceful" options before resorting to violent regime change.  The report states specifically that:

...any military operation against Iran will likely be very unpopular around the world and require the proper international context— both to ensure the logistical support the operation would require and to minimize the blowback from it. The best way to minimize international opprobrium and maximize support (however, grudging or covert) is to strike only when there is a widespread conviction that the Iranians were given but then rejected a superb offer—one so good that only a regime determined to acquire nuclear weapons and acquire them for the wrong reasons would turn it down. Under those circumstances, the United States (or Israel) could portray its operations as taken in sorrow, not anger, and at least some in the international community would conclude that the Iranians “brought it on themselves” by refusing a very good deal.

Billy the Poet's picture

34 American sailors


That sounds familiar. Remember the Liberty.

SoilMyselfRotten's picture

 is to strike only when there is a widespread conviction that the Iranians were given but then rejected a superb offer—one so good that only a regime determined to acquire nuclear weapons and acquire them for the wrong reasons would turn it down.


You mean like when we were bombing Iraq, Iran came crawling to the US for a deal and Cheney said FU???

Pinto Currency's picture


One thought - if Iran does have a 'magrav' electronic warfare system that can shut-down electronics systems on weapons, ships, aircraft, etc., perhaps it is trying to provoke a confrontation to show off the capacity of the system.

Perhaps the Yemeni coast was not the rigth place and they've selected home turf.

froze25's picture

US navy says this isn't true, at least is saying the US Navy says it's not true.

Pinto Currency's picture


The Magrav EW system, if it does indeed exist, would render opponents into PeeWee Herman vs Mike Tyson in his prime.


One thing that this situation is useful for is cover as the metal situation at the LBMA is not good - see James Turk's analysis of silver price backwardation:

Blame the metals surge on Iran.

Ignorance is death's picture

Why would a cargo ship have 34 people on board? I thought a modern cargo ship never needs more than 10 sailors. 

Stuck on Zero's picture

Anyone old enough to remember the Mayaguez incident?

Oh regional Indian's picture

Pinto, you nailed it way above.

Gulf of....maybe ???????? ??????????????????? ?????????????????????????????????? incident at this point.

Many gulfs are stressed out world over. 

Including the Gulf region.

Perhpas the idea is that soon we will all be en-Gulfed in something.

There is a counter force, but it's so damn scattered right now...

Thoughts in general, we need to come together....

Gone Full Retard's picture

Dude, hows that Himalayan kush? You baked?

Agstacker's picture

Why must you create a great Gulf between us all with your snide comments?

Gone Full Retard's picture

The gulf exists in your mind bro. Get YOUR mind right. No really, do you get it? Think man, think!

All arguments are valid. Do not fucking try to control me.

y3maxx's picture

...Key element here is including Israel/nuclear in the mix.

Israel has been untouched to date.

MonetaryApostate's picture

It was all about raising the cost of oil???  The profiteering elite are making me sick!

Oh regional Indian's picture

No, drop it so that USMIL and RUSMIL and NATOMIL and CHINAMIL can make their strategic re-positioning on the cheap.

When the bombs start flying, it will be SPR and all internal production dependant to each his own with oil fields afire in the ME.

Watch it nibble higher may-august, then august 15, perhaps the next great oil shock? The basis for the September crash generally...

I'm going to put some money on this....

zuuma's picture


Now, instead of MAC V SOG, we can ressurect it as


Back to the future.

Those guys were badass.

tony wilson and saturn zion devils's picture
tony wilson and saturn zion devils (not verified) Billy the Poet Apr 28, 2015 10:04 AM

33 has to be
i mean i have never heard of a 34 degree masonical.
saturn rings to 33 sounds betteror

NoDebt's picture

No, this is the second Iranian Hostage Crisis in the making,

Iran's government has a thing for taking US hostages in the face of a weak, incompetent, US president.  I'm sure I'm going to offend people here by saying this, but if you actually lived through the first one in '79 it's almost impossible not to have this thought go through your head.

Iran just gave Obama the middle finger in the most public and embarassing way possible.  And he deserves it.

PartysOver's picture

Iran just gave Obama the middle finger in the most public and embarassing way possible.  And he deserves it.

Hell, at this point who hasn't.  It's the in thing to do.

zuuma's picture

Obummer doesn't care. He's busy.

The most important thing on his mind right now, is Baltimore.

The thugs and gang bangers, his supporters are finishing up the prep work on his

Presidential Library.  Formerly known as CVS drug store.

It's all hollowed out and ready to filled with his accomplishments.

Zymurguy's picture

absolutely spot on... lot of this type of shit went on when the 1st Clinton was in the crackerhouse too, brah.

Max Steel's picture

Well us cargo ship tresspassed in iranian waters . they can seize it . international rules baby ? usa never follows it .

Max Steel's picture

Well us cargo ship tresspassed in iranian waters . they can seize it . international rules baby ? usa never follows it .

Save_America1st's picture

@Pinto:  Excellent find!  thanks!

Headbanger's picture

Congress has their war now!

And they'll blame it all on Obongo's flops.

Chupacabra-322's picture

War distraction to coincide with Economic Collapse, JADE HELM / Martial Law. The Trifecta.

JR's picture

And they say Brookings is centrist. It’s centrist like the Likud party.

The definition of a think tank is a partner of the Israeli Lobby.

Who Controls the Think Tanks?

czarangelus's picture

Everything these idiots presuppose overlooks the remotest possibility that the Iranians might have been any way preparing or are in any way determined to defend themselves - both of which seem demonstrably false given the performance of Hezbollah.

farflungstar's picture

AmeriKa and her terrorist allies Israel and Saudi Arabia will attempt to make short work of Iran and instead start WW3.

JR's picture

A Navy friend of mine has just been ordered to the Persian Gulf and his ship is carrying U.S. Marines.

WillyGroper's picture

Cherry Marines to give the goat herders some relief.

JRobby's picture

So is it an Archduke Ferdinand moment or not?



PartysOver's picture

It takes a Real man to to reach down and grab the rattle snake by the tongue.  BTFD!   This Iranian issue, for now, is just easy pickens for the Algos.   If missiles start flying and ships start sinking that would change things a bit.  And kudos to Obama for his deal at any cost mentality.

firstdivision's picture

William Rogers is smiling and waiting for the war to begin, so that all his prior work wasn't in vain.

scrappy's picture

Nice Paw pose in the wiki article first division.

David Slays Goliath
36"Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; and this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, since he has taunted the armies of the living God." 37And David said, "The LORD who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine." And Saul said to David, "Go, and may the LORD be with you." 38Then Saul clothed David with his garments and put a bronze helmet on his head, and he clothed him with armor.…

Then again, who knows, everything is upside down today, and the past is to be pondered and questioned. Stange symbolism everywhere.

Speaking of which I thought it was very symbolic that someone burned down the "community center" in Baltimore last night.

Perhaps someone does not want us to unite.


max2205's picture

Jimmy Carter moment in 3 2 1