Iranian oil tankers have started turning off GPS in response to new US sanctions. It aims to hide routes and destinations to customers who are forbidden to import oil from Tehran
Iranian ships carrying oil began to turn off their GPS devices. Some sources of intelligence reveal this. It is Tehran’s first response to the new US sanctions for the nuclear program, never really interrupted as Israel has discovered. With this move the Islamic Republic tries to make its fleet of oil tankers disappear from international radars, especially from those based on the American navigation system. About 30 ships in all. In particular, the aim is to cover the route and destinations. So to make it more difficult to monitor them and which are the “customers” of the Middle Eastern country. Especially if they are not part of the list of eight nations (Italy, China, Japan, India, South Korea, Greece, Taiwan and Turkey) that for 180 days are relieved of the ban on importing oil from Iran.
After the US exit from the JCPOA and the new sanctions, Tehran denounced the economic war and announced that the bans will be bypassed
On 8 May, US President Donald Trump announced the US would abandon the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with Iran, and finally re-imposed sanctions on 4 November. These mainly affect the energy sector and the financial system of the Islamic Republic. Tehran, through President Hassan Rohani, denounced the “economic war”, saying he did not think that “there has ever been anyone in the White House who has violated international law and convention to such an extent. We will bypass these illegal and unjust sanctions with pride “. He also underlined that Iran “can sell and will sell its oil”. And turning off the GPS is a signal in this direction.