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US Vessel Carrying Chemicals Enters Persian Gulf

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US Vessel Carrying Chemicals Enters Persian Gulf

The Military Sealift Command container ship MV Cape Ray (T-AKR 9679) departs row General Dynamics NASSCO-Norfolk shipyard for sea trials. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Desmond Parks/Released)

On July 1, Brigadier General Abolfazl Shekarchi, a senior spokesman for the Iranian military, revealed that a cargo vessel of the U.S. Navy carrying chemical materials had entered the Persian Gulf (Arabian Gulf). The vessel, which is escorted by a U.S. warship, is currently parked off the coast of an Arabian Gulf state.

“Checking the records of the U.S. cargo vessel MV Cape Ray revealed that the vessel had been present in the coasts near Iraq and Syria where the Americans had launched a military aggression under the pretext of the use of chemical weapons by those countries,” Brig. Gen. Shekarchi said, according to the Iranian MEHR news agency.

The Iranian military spokesman accused the U.S. of planning to deploy the chemicals to some parts of Iraq and Syria. According to Brig. Gen. Shekarchi, the U.S. may use these chemicals as a pretext to maintain its presence in the both countries.

“We have more accurate details about the U.S. vessel, such as the number of the crew members and the chemicals cargo in their possession, that will be disclosed to the public in the future,” Brig. Gen. Shekarchi said warning the U.S.

Earlier this year, the U.S., the UK and France carried out a military strike on Syria after accusing the Damascus government of using chemical weapons during the battle of Eastern Ghouta. These accusations were denied by Damascus and its allies and have not been proven so far.

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