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April 23, 2015 6:33 pm

Iranian Ships Off Yemen Turn Back After US Aircraft Carrier Deployment

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Iranian ships off the coast of Yemen went back on Thursday. Photo: Ferdinand Reus. – A fleet of nine Iranian ships off the coast of Yemen believed to be carrying weapons bound for Shi’a Muslim Houthi rebels turned around on Thursday.

The ships, which included seven freighters and two frigates, were purportedly headed back in the direction of Iran.

“They turned around before they crossed the line extending from the Yemen/Oman border,” a Pentagon official told Fox News.

Earlier this week, the US Navy announced that the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt and its escort ship, the U.S.S. Normandy guided-missile cruiser, would join several other US vessels to form a blockade around Yemenite waters. The US mission was in support of a Saudi-led coalition that was launching airstrikes on the Houthi rebels.

Meanwhile, US Under Secretary for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman and Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi met in Vienna on Thursday as part of the latest effort to secure a final nuclear deal by the June 30 deadline, Reuters reported. Foreign officials from the P5+1 nations and Iran are expected to meet this weekend, with Secretary of State John Kerry joining negotiations next week.

Iran’s nuclear negotiator, Hamid Baidinejad, said that the “drafting of the final deal has started,” according to Iranian state television.

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  • Jack Holan

    The last couple of sentences refer back to the negotiatiations. Calling this the P5+1 is the Biggest Diplomatic mistatement in a very longtime. It should be called the Obama,Kerry,Sherman/Khameni,Rouhani,Sharif negotiations with the latter group controlling the talks.
    What I don’t understand is Media concern and Politician believing our Navy has no options concerning the Iranian freighters and two Frigates. Does anyone remember the American blockade around Cuba in 1962 and Kennedy facing down Kruchev? It’s not as if Kruchev was a whimp and the Great Soviet Union a minor Iran. Legally, our ships can interdict the Iranian ships to search contraband if they don’t voluntarily allow us to board.

    • I can forgive your inordinate use of upper case letters and I can understand why you cannot spell “wimp”, but your last sentence is completely untrue. I suggest you check with a maritime lawyer.