US accuses Iranian oil tankers of turning off maritime transponders

An Iranian tanker docking at Khark Island. (AFP)
Updated 07 November 2018
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US accuses Iranian oil tankers of turning off maritime transponders

LONDON: The United States accused Iranian oil tankers of turning off their maritime transponders to try and hide their movements after Washington imposed a wave of sactions on Tehran this week.

US Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook said on Wednesday that the move created a safety concern.

Speking about the new sanctions, ehich target the energy, banking and shipping sectors, Hook said the US had been very careful and successful in applying maximum pressure on Iran through sanctions without allowing a spike in the oil price, Reuters reported. Wednesday.

He said an expected increase in oil supply in 2019 will help the United States to ask countries to further reduce their imports of Iranian oil.

 


Expat sacked and deported from UAE for praising NZ attacks

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Expat sacked and deported from UAE for praising NZ attacks

  • The unnamed man made inflammatory comments supporting the shootings on his Facebook account
  • The man has since been fired and deported back to his country

DUBAI: An employee at a Dubai-based security company was fired and deported for celebrating the deadly New Zealand mosque attacks under a fake identity on Facebook, the group said Wednesday.
“Over the weekend, a Transguard employee made inflammatory comments on his personal Facebook account celebrating the deplorable mosque attack in Christchurch, New Zealand,” the Transguard security group said in a statement.
“Despite posting under a false name, the employee responsible for last weekend’s inflammatory (Facebook) comments has been identified, terminated as per Transguard policy and handed over to the authorities.”
Transguard, which is affiliated with the Emirates Group that includes Emirates Airline, said the man had been deported by the UAE government.
It did not name him or reveal his nationality.
An Australian white supremacist shot dead 50 Muslims praying at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand on Friday.
The attacks sparked global revulsion and drew condemnation from the United Arab Emirates.
In a statement following the attacks, the foreign ministry said the UAE stood in “full solidarity with the friendly state of New Zealand to confront extremism and terrorism and... safeguard the security and the safety of its citizens and all residents.”