[global network reporter Xu Luming] the U.S. media has exposed that the U.S. government has seized four oil tankers recently, accusing them of transporting fuel supplied by Iran to Venezuela. According to the Wall Street Journal on August 13, a U.S. official revealed that the U.S. government has for the first time detained an oil tanker purportedly transporting Iranian fuel to Venezuela, which has increased the pressure on Iran. The U.S. federal prosecutor filed a lawsuit last month demanding the seizure of an Iranian Tanker that was said to be transporting fuel to Venezuela, according to the report. But it was not clear at the time whether the U.S. government had successfully controlled the tankers. Last year, the United States seized Iran’s fuel through a similar lawsuit, but failed. < / P > < p > a US official said the tankers were taken over without the use of force, but he did not provide any details of the operation. Last year, the United States tried to use a judicial cooperation agreement to control an Iranian oil tanker detained in Gibraltar, but failed. < / P > < p > U.S. officials said the four tankers, named Luna, pandi, Bering and Bella, were seized in recent days and are on their way to Houston. U.S. officials said the seizure would prevent shipping companies from dealing with Iran and Venezuela, because the owners, operators and insurance companies of the tanker would consider the risk too high. Iran and Venezuela must increasingly rely on the private sector or the illegal market to transport oil and energy products that are vital to their weak economies. < p > < p > U.S. officials have previously said that in July, the Bela and Bering were seized while sailing near Cape Verde. According to the shipping database, Luna and pandi last sent out radio signals a month ago. U.S. officials said the four tankers came from a fleet of nine oil tankers, including five Iranian ships escorted by an Iranian Naval Intelligence vessel. After the US authorities contacted the owners of the fleet, the four tankers left the fleet. In the lawsuit, the U.S. side accused that a businessman associated with Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard arranged the shipment of fuel oil in order to avoid detection and evade U.S. sanctions. Prior to the lawsuit, the United States negotiated with shipping companies on the consequences of dealing with Iran and Venezuela, and issued warnings in public and private settings, according to the report. Analysts say U.S. pressure has led to a sharp drop in energy exports between the two countries. < / P > < p > the growing tension between the United States and Iran recently has triggered a number of tanker seizures. According to the associated press on August 13, a U.S. military official said that the Iranian navy boarded and temporarily detained an oil tanker flying the Liberian flag near the Strait of Hormuz. < / P > < p > according to the report, the US central command released a black-and-white video showing suspected special forces personnel rapidly landing from a helicopter onto the “Vera” tanker, which appears to have been positioned on the eastern coast of the UAE near the city of hofakan. An unnamed U.S. military official told the associated press that the Iranian navy seized the ship for about five hours on Wednesday. The official also said the tanker did not send a distress signal before, during and after being detained by Iran. The U.S. military officials did not explain the reasons for Iran’s seizure of the ship, and the Iranian media and officials did not immediately acknowledge the seizure, nor did they explain the reasons for the seizure.