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Iran Balking At Diplomatic Solution To Ship Standoff

As of this morning, there was little sign that Iran was interested in resolving the standoff over its seizure of the cargo vessel Maersk Tigris in a diplomatic fashion. Reuters reports that representatives of Maersk Line met Iranian Ports and Maritime Organization officials, and the Danish ambassador in Tehran met with Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs officials.

“We have yet to receive any written notifications (court ruling, arrest order or similar) pertaining to the seizure of Maersk Tigris or the cargo case,” Maersk wrote in a statement. […]

Maersk repeated that the crew and the vessel should be released immediately.

Last week details emerged of the Iranian case against Maersk Line. The seizure itself was an aggressive move and not at all in line with how such matters are usually handled, but means of diplomatically resolving the crisis are clearly within Iran’s grasp, should it choose to avail itself of them. That it hasn’t, even as the U.S. Navy escorts American-flagged vessels through the Strait of Hormuz, speaks volumes.

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