Shortly after two oil tankers - Kokuka Courageous and Marshall Islands-flagged Front Altair - were attacked in the Gulf of Oman, the US placed the blame for the incident on Iran. Tehran has, for its part, denied involvement in the incident.
Iran has warned the US to stop playing the blame game over the attack on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman near the Strait of Hormuz, a strategic waterway linking Middle East crude producers to key world markets.
"The suspicious nature of incidents for oil tankers is not a joke. It is not only not funny, but it is also worrying and alarming”, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said in a statement as cited by Press TV.
While Tehran has urged the international community to refrain from premature conclusions, Washington dispatched the US Navy destroyer USS Mason to the Gulf of Oman.
Frontline Management Company Rules Out Technical Error - Reports
Owner of One Tanker in Oman Gulf Rules Out Technical Errors as Cause of Fire - Reports
STOCKHOLM (Sputnik) - The chief executive of Norwegian shipping firm Frontline Management, the owner of the Front Altair oil tanker, which was reportedly attacked in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday, has ruled out the possibility of a technical malfunction being behind the fire aboard the vessel, in an interview published on Friday.
China Says 'Nobody Wants War in Gulf' Amid Attack on Oil Tankers
Two oil tankers sailing through the Gulf of Oman suffered explosions that damaged the ships and forced the crew to abandon them. Although the cause of explosions has yet to be determined, the US has accused Iran of attacking the tankers and sent a destroyer, USS Mason, to the Gulf. Tehran vehemently denies being involved in the blasts.
US, Mossad are Main Destabilisers in Persian, Oman Gulfs - Iranian Official
Iranian Official Points to US, Mossad as Main Destabilisers in Persian, Oman Gulfs
TEHRAN (Sputnik) - US security services and Israeli intelligence agency Mossad may be behind the recent destabilization in the Persian and Oman gulfs, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, a senior foreign policy adviser to the Iranian parliament speaker, said amid the oil tanker incident in these waters.
Full Salvage Team Expected at Blast-Hit Tanker in Gulf of Oman on Saturday - Shipping Firm
Frontline shipping firm expects a full salvage team and managers to arrive at Front Altair tanker hit by an explosion in the Gulf of Oman on Saturday to assess damages, company spokesman Pat Adamson said Friday in a statement obtained by Sputnik.
"One further salvage tug is expected on scene with an ETA of 1300 hours today, June 14 equipped with salvage fire-fighting and towing capability. A further specialist team which consists of full salvage team and ship management personnel is expected to arrive 15 June for full assessment of the damages," the statement read.
The company said that the fire on the vessel had been extinguished and the tanker was stable.
"All 23 crew members of the ‘Front Altair’ are safe and doing well. Following their disembarkation from the Iranian naval vessel at the Iranian port of Jask the crew are on their way to Bandar Abbas prior to repatriation," the statement read.
Tehran Says Fire on Oil Tankers Contained
Fire on Both Oil Tankers Attacked in Gulf of Oman Contained - Iranian Official
Several media outlets earlier reported that two tankers sailing in the Gulf of Oman, Norwegian Front Altair and Japanese Kokuka Courageous, suffered explosions that damaged the vessels. According to IRNA, Iran has evacuated 44 sailors from both ships.
Iran’s Deputy Representative to UN Says US Behind Attack on Tankers in Gulf of Oman
"The incident occurred when [Japanese] Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited Iran and met with our Supreme Leader [Ayatollah Ali Khamenei]. Someone is behind this to implicate Iran. It is the United States," Iran’s deputy permanent representative to the United Nations Eshagh Al Habib told the Japanese NHK broadcaster.
US Releases Video Showing Alleged Iran’s Forces Removing Mine From Tanker in Gulf of Oman
The US military has released a video, claiming it shows Iranian forces removing an unexploded limpet mine from a tanker which suffered an explosion in the Gulf of Oman.
The low-quality footage, released by the US Central Command late on Thursday, showed a group of people in a boat next to some vessel. However, no flags or vessel names can be clearly seen in the video.
In a statement, released together with the footage, the military says the US forces had received two distress calls from Altair and Kokuka Courageous at 6:12 a.m. (01:42 GMT) and 07:00 a.m. on Thursday. USS Bainbridge destroyer began moving toward the tankers, while US airplanes observed vessels allegedly belonging to the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in the vicinity of Altair, according to the statement.
The statement claimed that at 09:12 a.m., a US plane saw Iranian fast attack vessels pulling a rat from Altair from the water. After it, the Iranian crew had requested that Altair crew, rescued by the Hyundai Dubai motor vessel, be transferred to the Iranian vessels.
US DoD Releases Video It Says Shows Iran's Boat Removing Mine From Tanker in Gulf of Oman - Reports
Pentagon has released video that it claims is showing Iranian patrol boat removing a mine from the side one of the tankers hit with explosions earliet in the Gulf of Oman.
Iranian Foreign Ministry Brushes Off US Accusations Over Oil Tanker Attacks as Baseless
The Iranian Foreign Ministry dismissed on Friday Washington's accusations claiming that Tehran was responsible for the recent attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman as "baseless."
"Apparently for Pompeo and other American officials accusing Iran of the incident with the oil tankers is the easiest thing to do," Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said, dubbing the accusations as baseless.
He noted that Iran was responsible for ensuring safety in the Strait of Hormuz and promptly saved the crews from the attacked tankers.
Iran Responsible for Tanker Attacks in Gulf of Oman - Pompeo
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The United States believes that Iran is behind Thursday's attacks on two tanker vessels in the Gulf of Oman, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said during a press briefing.
UAE Calls Attack on Oil Tankers in Oman Gulf 'Dangerous Escalation'
UAE Says Attack on Tankers in Gulf of Oman is 'Dangerous Escalation'
Explosions hit two tankers, the Front Altair and Kokuka Courageous in the Gulf of Oman on 13 June. Following the incident, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo claimed that Tehran was behind the attack, while Iran denied all allegations, calling them baseless.
It Is Necessary to Wait for Results of Probe Into Oman Gulf Oil Tankers Incident
A source in the Russian Foreign Ministry voiced the belief in a comment for Sputnik on Friday that it was premature to accuse Iran of being behind the attack on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman, as judgments should be made only following investigation.
Two oil tankers, Front Altair and Kokuka Courageous, were hit by explosions on Thursday. While the cause of the blasts remains unknown, US State Secretary Mike Pompeo immediately accused Iran of being behind the attack. Iran denied being involved in the case, stressing that Washington's claims were unsubstantiated.
"It is too early [to draw conclusions]. We have to look into the incident, carry out a probe and see what its results show," the source said.
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