KCNA Commentary on Piracy by "Superpower"

Pyongyang, January 29 (KCNA) -- Shortly ago, the Iranian navy captured the U.S. oil tanker St Nikolas in the Oman Sea.

The ship, which was used by the U.S. to carry the Iranian oil "seized" at sea through an "operation for implementing sanctions" in April last year, has been detained and handed over to the judicial authorities of Iran.

It is not the first time that the U.S. plundered oil under the pretext of "implementing sanctions" against Iran.

In November 2021, the U.S. tried to capture a tanker loaded with the oil exported by Iran in the Oman Sea but failed due to the Iranian armed forces' interruption, only exposing itself to disgrace before the world community.

In August 2020, the U.S. snatched nearly 1.12 million barrels of oil from a tanker carrying Iranian oil to Venezuela to gain a profit. And in February the following year, it seized another tanker in the waters off the United Arab Emirates, asserting that the ship is related to the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps of Iran, and plundered about 2 million barrels of oil and sold it for 110 million U.S. dollars.

As regards the recent capture of the U.S. oil tanker, Iran said that its action is a part of the retaliation against the U.S. oil-plundering act, declaring that "the days when the U.S. stole oil and ran away has gone and we will not allow the U.S. to threaten our country in the region."

It is a deserved punishment for the U.S., the kingpin of modern-day "pirate" who does not hesitate to commit such heinous crimes as seizing other country's resources in broad daylight, not content with fattening through aggression and plunder.

The "piracy" by the U.S. is not confined to Iran only.

After being stationed in Syria in a conspiratorial and brigandish way, the U.S. has stretched its tentacles of robbery not only to oil but also to grain, cotton and other agricultural products.

Early in January 2023, it plundered oil and wheat by mobilizing 60 tankers and trucks, and in December alone, stole a large amount of oil and food twice from Syria which suffered from earthquake damage.

The U.S., engrossed in plundering and robbery in different parts of the world, has disgraced itself from the outset of the year.

It is quite natural that the despicable plunder by the gangster-like U.S. is punished by justice. -0-

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