US warns commercial ships Iran may be meddling with Global Positioning System

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The Revolutionary Guard have been sending false signals to rival vessels to confuse computer systems and lead them into Iranian waters, the US Department of Transportation's Maritime Administration.

"Iran believes the presence of ultra-regional forces in the Persian Gulf under any name and title will not only fail to help reinforce the region's security, but will further prepare the grounds for tension and crisis in the sensitive Persian Gulf region", Mousavi stated.

Iran's defense minister said Israel's involvement in a USA -led coalition in the Persian Gulf "would be extremely provocative and have disastrous consequences for the region".

"In comments carried by the semi-official Tasnim news agency, Gen. Hossein Salami said an "[axis of] power has been shaped in Syria, Lebanon, Palestine and elsewhere, and the enemy is mindful that any new war may pose a full-blown threat against the Zionist regime and put it in the path to an irreversible collapse".

Traffic through the Strait, through which about a fifth of the world's oil passes, has become the focus for a standoff between Iran and the USA after President Donald Trump quit a 2015 nuclear pact and reimposed sanctions on Tehran.

Finally, Oman's Minister Responsible for Defense Badr bin Saud al Busaidi said in the phone call with Hatami that the regional countries need to join hands in protecting the security of regional waters.

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A USA government official and sources in the shipping industry tell FT that there are concerns within the industry that Iran may target to capture United Kingdom citizens aboard ships in the Gulf.

Katz told the committee that he had instructed Israel's Foreign Ministry to work to include Tel Aviv in the US-led mission after a recent visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE). "What I'd like to see with Iran, I'd like to see them call me".

In separate telephone conversations with his Kuwaiti, Qatari and Omani counterparts on Thursday, General Hatami underscored that regional security would be ensured only by the regional countries.

Earlier, P&O Cruises said it had canceled cruises around Dubai and the Arabian Gulf after Iran seized a British-flagged tanker in the region. The Islamic theocracy in Tehran has been looking to start a conflict with the West as a way to push back against the economic noose the Trump administration is tightening around the Mullah's necks.

However, on June 24 Trump announced new sanctions against top Iranian officials, including the office of Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei and senior commanders of the IRGC. On August 6, Israel confirmed its readiness to join the coalition, added TASS.

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