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Iranian ship flees detention in Sri Lanka     Reuters
1. A vessel breaking arrest ...
... will subject every Iranian vessel in any port of call in the world to arrest of the vessel, arrest of the crew, seizure of the cargo and sale of the vessel for unpaid debt. On balance, it was a very stupid thing to do. IMO sanctions are sure to follow.
Sarah B ,   U.S.A. / Israel   (01.17.13)
2. An Iranian-flagged cargo ship has fled Sri Lanka's waters
They didn't have to they let them go and that's a statement how they feel about Israel's warmongering and US coerced sanctions ,...
split ,   US   (01.17.13)
3. @ 1
This is because of BIBI right? This is because of what Obama is doing. The Iranians don't feel any heat from Israel only the US.
Sheik rattle & roll ,   USA   (01.17.13)
4. yeah right
alek the sri lankan navy fired warning shots to prevent the boat from departing yeah right pull the other one we really really did not want to let the boat go but the iranians pay us so much money so we closed our eyes and hey presto the boat is gone honesly we dont know how it happen so now the boat is beyond 12 whatever miles so we might as well say sayonara to the boat but honetly gavna we didnt want to let it go and that is the truth believe me say sri lanka
rashid ,   palistinian   (01.17.13)
5. Iranian ships must be barred from all ports
This is the only way to prevent Iran from spreading it's nuclear weapons to terrorist and from getting more supplies to fuel it's jihad.
Chaim Ben Kahan ,   Efrat, Israel   (01.17.13)
6. #3
Israel may not have the global influence to turn the diplomatic and economic heat on Iran, but she is definitely leading the way in the struggle behind the scenes.
Naor ,   USA   (01.17.13)
7. @ #4 funny Rashid
My sentiments, exactly! Someone made good money there.
Iranian Jew ,   LA   (01.18.13)
8. 1.Israel ships should be equally targeted
Iran should take out an injunction for the $bils Israel owes them in unpaid debts.
lydia ,   Brisbane   (01.18.13)
9. 5 What a nonsense! Israel supplied Iran
For years despite US sanctions Israel supplied Iran with all its needs eg Iran contra etc. You are only upset that Iran won't continue the illicit trade with the little Satan
lydia ,   Brisbane   (01.18.13)
10. Lydia #8 & 9
Do us all a favour and rakk off, you clearly are reading the wrong online paper. Go to Al Qaida Times where you do belong. Or Palestine Post at Ha'aretz.
Yisraeli   (01.18.13)
11. #2 - split
I really pity your festering brain that obviously no longer functions (that is assuming it ever functioned to begin with)! What has the US or Israel got to do with this issue between Germany's DVB Bank and Iran??? I smell a severe lack of basic comprehension. I now understand why you link the US and Israel to everything that happens in the world...
Ariel ,   Modi'in, Israel   (01.18.13)
12. To: No. 3
Actually, I think it had to do with the German bank that was behind the arrest of the vessel.
Sarah B ,   U.S.A. / Israel   (01.18.13)
13. To: No. 9
Have you forgotten that it was the United States that was illegally supplying arms to Iran -- in violation of its own embargo, I might add -- and merely using Israel as a conduit? Israel made no money from Iran Contra -- they were trying to do a favor for an ally. Some ally the United States has proven to be. Get your facts straight before you post. You succeed only in making a fool of yourself. I suspect it happens to you a lot, though, so you've probably grown accustomed to being a laughingstock.
Sarah B ,   U.S.A. / Israel   (01.18.13)
14. To: No. 8
Israel does not owe the Iranians anything. On the other hand, the weapons that have found their way to terrorist elements in Lebanon and Gaza come from Iran. The arms convoy that Israel destroyed in the Sudan were unloaded in Port Sudan from an Iranian vessel. The attempted terrorist attacks against Jewish interests in Kenya was discovered to have been fomented and funded by the Iranians. That's a pretty big debt that Israel should start collecting.
Sarah B ,   U.S.A. / Israel   (01.18.13)
15. The benefit in all this ....
... is that the next time an Iranian vessel is arrested, the crew will be removed from the vessel and placed in temporary detention. Of course, the vessel and its cargo may suffer if a temporary crew isn't placed aboard ... but hey, that would be Iran's problem, right? They owe billions to assorted banks, not to mention private foreign companies; debts dating back years. The only way to recoup the losses is to arrest Iranian vessels, seize the cargo for auction, and sell the arrested vessel. All available Iranian funds in foreign banks have already been seized for nonpayment of debt and as a result of sanctions. Iran changes the flagging of its vessels the way people change underwear, but what they cannot change is the vessel number assigned by the IMO and the call sign of the vessel. Those remain the same for the life of the vessel. However, this vessel will need to be bunkered and victualed. Sooner rather than later, it will be arrested again -- or left to founder in the ocean, unable to sail without bunkers, and its crew with no food and fresh water. Violating arrest did not serve Iran's interests -- and if the cargo aboard is grain, as is believed, Iran still has to pay for the grain -- even though it will doubtless rot.
Sarah B ,   U.S.A. / Israel   (01.18.13)
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