Video released on Wednesday Nov 3, 2021 by Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), purportedly shows a close encounter between a U.S. Navy warship and IRGC forces in international waters in the Gulf of Oman. (That body of water, along with the Persian Gulf, forms Iran's southern border). The video shows what appears to be two U.S. Navy warships in close proximity to a large tanker and smaller Iranian military vessels. In some of the clips, Iranian forces can be seen pointing ship-mounted guns at the larger warships. An Iranian military helicopter is shown flying toward the tanker and dropping troops onto its deck, where they fan out with guns pointed. REUTERS./

HANOI, Nov 4 (Reuters) – Vietnam has been in talks with Iranian authorities over the seizure last month of a Vietnamese oil tanker off the Iranian coast, in an effort to guarantee the safety of the crew, the Southeast Asian nation’s said on Thursday.

Talks had taken place on a diplomatic level in Hanoi and Tehran “to verify information and settle the incident to ensure safety and humane treatment for Vietnamese citizens,” Vietnam foreign ministry spokeswoman Pham Thu Hang told a regular briefing.

The Pentagon on Wednesday rejected claims by Iran‘s Revolutionary Guards that they thwarted an attempt by the United States to detain a tanker carrying the Islamic Republic’s oil in the Sea of Oman.

American officials said Iranian forces had actually seized a Vietnamese-flagged oil tanker, MV Southys, and U.S. naval forces were just monitoring the situation.

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Hang said the captain of the Vietnamese tanker in a telephone call with the embassy on Oct 27 had confirmed all 26 crew had been treated well and were in good health.

“The foreign ministry will continue to closely monitor the situation, and work with Iranian authorities to settle the case in accordance to the laws, and at the same time, will proceed with necessary measures to ensure the legitimate rights and interests of Vietnamese citizens,” Hang said.

(Editing by Toby Chopra, Martin Petty)

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