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    Yutaka Katada, the owner of one of the stricken oil tankers crippled in explosions in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday, says the U.S. is wrong about the way the attack was carried out. Speaking at a press conference in Tokyo on Friday, he contradicted Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the U.S. Navy, which released a video that purports to show an Iranian patrol boat removing a limpet mine from the port side of the Kokuka Courageous. Katada said his ship was attacked on the starboard side by a flying object, not by a mine. “It seems that something flew towards them. That created the hole, is the report I’ve received,” Katada said, according to the Financial Times. “It seems there was a high chance they were attacked by a flying object. The impact was well above the water. I don’t think it was a torpedo.” The Japanese ship owner did not say who might be responsible for the attack. Iran has vehemently denied it was involved.

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    I may be wrong but that seems like quite an advanced capability which would presumably have been noticed by the nearby US carrier group or multiple military bases dotted around the area, unless...

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    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/...w-images-photo

    it would be funny if literally nobody would believe this but the reality is that some people still do. removing an unexploded mine for god's sake?

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    Trump apparently struggling with the concept of a drone:

    “We had nobody in the drone. It would have made a big difference, let me tell you, it would have made a big, big difference” if the aircraft had been piloted, Trump said as he met Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the Oval Office.

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    Trump actually downplaying this. It seems he's trying to keep Bolton and his Saudi and Israeli friends in check

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    Fingers crossed.

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    The Senate just voted to block his arms sales to Saudi Arabia too.

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    Trump pulls back from launch of military strikes on Iran after initial approval - NYT - https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-mi...-idUKKCN1TM0AQ

    (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump approved military strikes on Friday against Iran in retaliation for the downing of an unmanned $130-million (102.3 million pounds) surveillance drone, but pulled back from launching the attacks, the New York Times said.

    Trump had initially approved strikes on a handful of targets such as radar and missile batteries, the paper cited senior administration officials involved in, or briefed on, the deliberations, as saying.

    The strikes were set to take place just before dawn on Friday to minimize risk to the Iranian military or to civilians, it added.

    Planes were in the air and ships were in position, but no missiles fired, when the order to stand down came, it cited one senior administration official as saying.

    The abrupt reversal put a halt to what would have been Trump’s third military action against targets in the Middle East, the paper added, saying Trump had struck twice at targets in Syria, in 2017 and 2018.

    However, it is not clear whether attacks on Iran might still go forward, the paper said, adding that it was not known if the cancellation of strikes had resulted from Trump changing his mind or administration concerns regarding logistics or strategy.

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    Next step is for the Saudis or another client state to launch a unilateral provocation.

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    Oops don't remember writing that
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    DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran’s Revolutionary Guards said they have captured British oil tanker Stena Impero in the Strait of Hormuz, Iranian state television reported on Friday.

    The IRGC seized the tanker at the request of the maritime authorities in the Iranian province of Hormozgan for “not following international maritime regulations,” state television cited an IRGC statement as saying.

    The tanker was taken to a coastal area and turned over to the authorities to take the necessary legal steps, state television said.

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    Well...

    Gibraltar updated its sanctions enforcement regulations 36 hours before Royal Marines impounded an Iranian tanker when it stopped for supplies in the territory, lawyers have said

    Gibraltar updated its sanctions enforcement regulations 36 hours before Royal Marines impounded an Iranian tanker when it stopped for supplies in the territory, lawyers have said.

    The seizure of the Grace 1 earlier this month, which prompted Iran to threaten reciprocal actions, is at the heart of the crisis unfolding the Gulf.

    The legal changes, reported by the blog EU Sanctions, suggest both that the operation was meticulously planned and that the authorities feared it would need a clearer legal basis.

    Gibraltar incorporated Sanctions Regulations 2019 into local law on July 3, specifically giving its authorities the right to “designate and detain” ships if the chief minister suspects they are being used to breach EU sanctions. Details of the events leading up to the seizure of Grace 1 on July 5 have become central to understanding how Britain became embroiled in a confrontation with Iran despite its formal policy to “de-escalate” tensions in the Gulf.

    Jeremy Hunt, the foreign secretary, has been accused of allowing Britain to be used as a pawn in the Trump administration’s determination to put “maximum pressure” on Iran. Both the Foreign Office and the Gibraltar authorities have denied that they acted at Washington’ request when they seized Grace 1. It was carrying 2.1 million barrels of crude oil, allegedly to the Baniyas oil refinery in Syria, a target of EU sanctions against the Assad regime.

    However, the Spanish newspaper El Pais has reported that the United States sent a message to Madrid two days before Grace 1 arrived in Gibraltar’s waters saying that the tanker was on its way. The report makes it more likely that the tip-off to Gibraltar and Britain also came from America, which is keen to stop as much of Iran’s oil exports as possible.

    The chief minister of Gibraltar, Fabian Picardo, has said the decision to impound Grace 1 was his alone, but both sides have confirmed that he took the decision after consultation with the Foreign Office.

    The legality of the seizure has been challenged. However, Anna Bradshaw, a sanctions lawyer with the London firm Peters & Peters, said it was an offence to “participate, knowingly and intentionally, in activities” designed to evade sanctions.

    By entering EU waters the ship was allegedly carrying out such activities while under EU jurisdiction.

    How tensions have grown

    May 8, 2018 President Trump withdraws the US from the Iran nuclear agreement. Iranian leaders threaten a severe response.

    June 13, 2019 Two US oil tankers are attacked near Strait of Hormuz. Mr Trump blames Iran.

    June 20 A US military drone is shot down by Iran. Mr Trump imposes financial sanctions.

    July 4 Royal Marines help to seize an Iranian tanker off Gibraltar. Iran’s Revolutionary Guard warns that a British oil tanker could be seized in retaliation.

    July 10 The Royal Navy frigate HMS Montrose drives away three Iranian vessels trying to stop the commercial ship British Heritage.

    July 13 Jeremy Hunt, the foreign secretary, offers the Iranian tanker’s release in return for guarantees that it will not breach sanctions on Syria.

    July 16 Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei accuses the British of piracy over the seizure and vows to retaliate.

    July 18 Mr Trump says the US has shot down an Iranian drone. Iran denies this.

    July 19 The Stena Impero is seized by the Revolutionary Guards.

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