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Iranian Revolutionary Guards seized a foreign vessel in Gulf waters for allegedly smuggling diesel, a Guardian commander said.

“A foreign vessel carrying contraband diesel has been seized,” Iranian state broadcaster said quoting Colonel Ahmad Hajian, commander of Naval Type 412 Zulfaqar.

“After inspection, more than 150,000 liters of contraband diesel were discovered,” he added.

Hajian said all 11 of the ship’s crew were held for questioning. He did not provide the nationality of the vessel or details of when it was seized.

The incident is the latest in a series in the Gulf, with several ships attacked or seized in recent years.

To protect Iran’s economy, Hajian said, his unit would “decisively deal” with smuggling fuel at sea.

On November 10, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps announced the release of the Vietnamese-flagged tanker MV Sothys, which it had seized in the Arabian Sea in October.

The latest incident comes as the Islamic Republic prepares to resume talks with major powers aimed at ending a deadlock over its nuclear deal.

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