Iranian forces have seized three commercial vessels in the Strait of Hormuz – the most critical waterway for the world’s oil industry – over alleged maritime violations, prompting a backlash from a spate of Western countries, primarily the United States.
The Pentagon suspects that Iran is interfering with the communications of ships passing through the Strait of Hormuz, warning shipping companies of purported Iranian threats in the area.

Iran and the remaining signatories – Russia, China, the UK, France, and Germany – have all condemned the move and pledged to stick to the agreement. Iran delivered on its promise for a year but stared scaling back some of its commitments in May, saying that the European powers have failed to shield it from crippling US sanctions.

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