Senin, 02 Agustus 2021

US and UK believe Iran attacked Israeli-managed tanker off Oman, promise 'appropriate response' - ABC News

The United States and Britain have said they believe Iran carried out last week's attack on an Israeli-managed petroleum product tanker off the coast of Oman that killed a British national and a Romanian.

They both pledged to work with partners to respond to the incident, which happened last Thursday.

On Sunday, Iran denied it was involved, after it was blamed by Israel.

"Upon review of the available information, we are confident that Iran conducted this attack, which killed two innocent people, using one-way explosive UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles)," US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement, adding there was "no justification" for the attack.

British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said earlier that UK assessments had concluded it was highly likely that Iran had used one or more drones to carry out the "unlawful and callous" attack.


"We believe this attack was deliberate, targeted, and a clear violation of international law by Iran," he said.

The UK was working with international partners on a "concerted response," Mr Raab added.

The incident involved the Mercer Street, a Liberian-flagged, Japanese-owned ship managed by Israeli-owned Zodiac Maritime.

The US Navy, which was escorting the tanker with the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier, said on Saturday that early indications "clearly pointed" to a drone attack.

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Israel and Iran respond to an attack on an oil tanker that killed two people.

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett had accused Tehran of "trying to shirk responsibility" for the attack, and called its denial "cowardly".

Speaking during a weekly meeting of his cabinet on Sunday, Mr Bennett said: "I declare unequivocally: Iran is the one that carried out the attack on the ship," adding that intelligence supported his claim.

Israel's Foreign Minister said earlier the incident deserved a harsh response.

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh told a weekly news conference on Sunday that the "Zionist regime (Israel) has created insecurity, terror and violence … these accusations about Iran's involvement are condemned by Tehran.

The Liberian-flagged oil tanker Mercer Street off Cape Town, South Africa
Iran described claims of its involvement in the attack as "baseless".(

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Zodiac Maritime described the incident as "suspected piracy", but a source at the Oman Maritime Security Centre said it was an accident that occurred outside Omani territorial waters.

Iran and Israel have traded accusations of carrying out attacks on each other's vessels in recent months.

Tensions have risen in the Gulf region since the US reimposed sanctions on Iran in 2018 after then-president Donald Trump withdrew Washington from Tehran's 2015 nuclear deal with major powers.


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