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WH - US monitoring tanker hijack incident

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki stated during a briefing on Tuesday that the United States is monitoring the events around the Asphalt Princess tanker that was reported to be hijacked off the coast of Fujairah. Psaki calls early reports "deeply concerning".

She also added that every challenge and threat posed by Iran in various sectors, such as in commercial trade, would be "more pronounced" and dangerous by the unresolved nuclear deal.

"We believe that having greater visibility into their nuclear capacity and capabilities would be an international interest and in the interest of our partners. And certainly, we would hope we can build from there, but we are fully prepared to return to Vienna to continue negotiations," Psaki stated.

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