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    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.

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    • 14:21

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      "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.

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      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.

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    • 11:03

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      "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.

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      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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