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Iran Denies Seizing Romanian Oil Rig

Oil worker at an Iranian oil facility (Fars) August 23, 2006 -- The Iranian Foreign Ministry today denied that Iranian troops have occupied a Romanian rig in the Persian Gulf.

However, it said Iranian police prevented materials belonging to the Orizont rig from being transferred, and will do so as long as a legal dispute between Iranian and Romanian companies remains unsettled.

The Romanian Embassy in Tehran says Iranian military forces on August 22 attacked and occupied the rig, which belongs to the Romanian group Servicii Petroliere.


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