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    UN Security Council Condemns Attacks on Oil Tankers in Gulf of Oman

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    UNITED NATIONS (Sputnik) - UN Security Council member states have condemned the attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman as a serious threat to international maritime navigation and international security, Kuwait’s Ambassador to the United Nations Mansour Al-Otaibi who presides over the council in June told reporters.

    "The Council members condemn the attack on oil tankers which represent a serious threat to maritime navigation and energy supply, contravening international rules on freedom of navigation and maritime transport, as well as a threat to international peace and security", Al-Otaibi said on Monday following a closed session on Iran.

    Earlier in June, two oil tankers, Kokuka Courageous and Front Altair, were attacked in the Gulf of Oman near the Strait of Hormuz. While the causes of the incident remain unknown, the United States claims Iran sabotaged the vessels.

    The members of the UNSC also called on all parties involved and regional actors to demonstrate restraint and take measures aimed at de-escalating and reducing tensions in the Gulf region, Al-Otaibi said.

    "The council members urge that differences must be addressed peacefully and through dialogue", he added.

    The United States, which has been building up its military presence in the region, has blamed Iran for the attacks on the tankers. Iran has repeatedly rejected the allegations, saying Washington is trying to fabricate a pretext for war.

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