Reports: Iran seizes cargo ship

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A cargo ship was reportedly stopped and seized by the Iranian navy on Tuesday, according to multiple reports from the region.

Iran fired at the cargo ship and has directed it to Bandar Abbas port on the southern coast of Iran, according to a report by Al Arabiya News Channel.

{mosads}The Pentagon says the ship at the center of the dispute is the MV Maersk Tigris, and is flagged from the Marshall Islands, according to Reuters.

Separately, Iran’s official news agency said the ship was “stopped and seized” by Iranian warships.

“The Iranian Navy has confiscated the American trade vessel with all its 34 crew for trespassing on Iran’s territorial waters in the Persian Gulf,” Fars News Agency reported.

Unnamed senior U.S. Navy officials told NBC News that the reports of a U.S. Navy cargo ship being seized by Iran are false.

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