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

The US Navy seized hundreds of Iranian missiles and 1.1 million barrels of Iranian petroleum products from vessels in the Arabian Sea in what became the US government’slargest-ever forfeiture of fuel and weapons shipments from Iran,” 根据 a release from the Justice Department.

The weapons, the department said in the Tuesday release, were seized by the US duringroutine maritime security operations.
Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps organized the shipments of weapons, which were bound for Houthi militias in Yemen, 司法部说. The petroleum was taken fromfour foreign-flagged tankers in or around the Arabian Sea while en route to Venezuela,” 根据发布.
    US Navy Central Command seized the weapons from twoflagless vesselsin the Arabian Sea on two occasions: 十一月 25, 2019, and February 9, 2020.
      The Justice Department on Tuesday announced the forfeiture of two large caches of Iranian arms.

      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 release stated.
        Assistant Attorney General Matthew G. Olsen of the Justice Department’s National Security Division added thatthe 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 release aid. The US obtained three type “358” surface-to-air missiles and 150 “Dehlaviehanti-tank guided missiles in the 2020 weapons seizure.
          The Justice Department forfeited the weapons through the US District Court for the District of Columbia. The court upheld the department’s findings, agreeing the weapons were part of an Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps trafficking networkdesigned to distribute illicit weapons to the Houthi movement in Yemen,” 发布说.
            The petroleum products were seized because the US government believed they originated in Iran and their sale would benefit the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, an Iranian entity sanctioned by the US, the government alleged in a complaint filed in the US District Court for the District of Columbia on July 2, 2020.
            The court, 在十月 1, 2021, agreed with the government, finding that the petroleum and its potential sale would benefit the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, 发布说.

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