- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 29, 2015

The White House said Wednesday it’s “hard to tell” why the Iranian navy seized a U.S.-protected cargo ship in the Strait of Hormuz, and declined to characterize the seizure as illegal.

“This is a situation that we’re closely monitoring,” said White House press secretary Josh Earnest. “I think it’s hard to tell what’s going on.”

He said the U.S., which is in delicate nuclear talks with Iran, hasn’t labeled the act as either piracy or a legal seizure.

“It’s unclear, exactly, why the Iranians have taken the steps that they have, and that’s why we’re closely monitoring the situation,” Mr. Earnest said.

Iranian maritime authorities said Wednesday that Iran seized the ship carrying cargo for Denmark’s giant Maersk group under a legal ruling over a longstanding commercial dispute. Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards intercepted the Marshall Islands-flagged cargo vessel Maersk Tigris on Tuesday in the strategic Strait of Hormuz.

In response, the U.S. sent two navy ships into the region. Authorities have said the crew of the cargo ship is safe.

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