The Pentagon is slamming claims by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps that IRGC forces thwarted an attempt by the United States to detain a tanker carrying the Islamic Republic’s oil in the Sea of Oman.
“I’ve seen the Iranian claims. They are absolutely, totally false and untrue,” Pentagon press secretary John Kirby told reporters Wednesday.
Kirby said it was Iran’s forces that illegally seized and boarded a merchant vessel in late October in the Sea of Oman. U.S. forces monitored the situation but “at no time attempted to retake” the vessel or engage with Iranian forces.