MOSCOW, (BM) – Iranian ship with parts of missiles was detained in the Gulf of Oman, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, quoting russian online website Nezavisimaya Gageta.
As Reuters reports with reference to representatives of the US administration, the detention took place last week. The crew was transferred to the Yemeni Coast Guard, and the cargo is at the disposal of the United States.
A US Navy warship seized advanced missile parts believed to be linked to Iran from a boat it had stopped in the Arabian Sea as the Trump administration pressures Tehran to curb its activities in the region.
In a statement on Wednesday, the Pentagon confirmed that, on November 25, a US warship found “advanced missile components” on a stateless vessel and an initial investigation indicated the parts were of Iranian origin.
“A more thorough investigation is under way,” the statement said.
US officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the guided-missile destroyer Forrest Sherman detained a small boat and a detachment of American personnel boarded the vessel, where the missile parts were found.
One of the officials said they believed from initial information that the weapons were bound for Iran-aligned Houthi fighters in Yemen.
The crew on the small boat were transferred to the Yemeni Coast Guard and the missile parts were in the possession of the US.
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Source: Al Jazeera