The Iranian navy has confirmed it has seized an oil tanker in the Gulf of Oman.

It comes after the vessel St Nikolas was reported to have been boarded by armed men this morning.

The state-run IRNA news agency ran a brief story acknowledging the seizure by Iran’s navy. It did not identify the vessel, but said it came as a result of a judicial order.

The St Nikolas was once involved in a dispute with the US justice department, that saw a million barrels of Iranian crude oil seized.