Published: Mon, June 17, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Saudi Arabia sides with USA: blames Iran for tanker attack

Saudi Arabia sides with USA: blames Iran for tanker attack

Iran has denied being involved in the attacks and accused the U.S. of promoting an "Iranophobic" campaign against it.

Iran has denied any role in Thursday's strikes south of the Strait of Hormuz, a vital oil shipping and transit route.

"In case of need we will openly confront the enemies including America in the region". Additionally, these attacks were preceded by the sabotage of four other tankers that had been anchored off the coast of the United Arab Emirates in May.

Saudi Arabia, a close United States ally, is a bitter regional rival of Iran.

Following the attacks on the Front Altair and the Kokuka Courageous it comes as little surprise to learn that brokers said owners are adopting a cautious approach to taking new fixtures in the Middle East Gulf.

The prince claimed Iran had planned the attack's timing to undercut the Japanese prime minister's diplomatic efforts, during his visit to Tehran last week, to reduce regional tensions.

Pressed on whether any new US military deployment to the region was possible, Pompeo said that "of course" remained among the options that President Donald Trump may consider to keep shipping safe through the narrow strait, a strategic choke point for oil shipments from the Middle East.

The evidence of Iran's attack on the ships is strong.

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Tehran has strongly denied being behind the attack, which Mr Hunt said built on "a pattern of destabilising Iranian behaviour and pose a serious danger to the region". Thursday's attacks have been described as following a similar pattern, and Fox News explained on Friday that the use of magnetic "limpet mines" became standard practice for the Islamic Republic of Iran during the "tanker wars" that developed against the backdrop of the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq War.

Iran has repeatedly warned it would block the Strait of Hormuz if it can not sell its oil because of U.S. sanctions.

Since 2015 tensions have escalated in the Mideast as Iran appears poised to break the nuclear deal with world powers, that's what they want.

In recent weeks, the USA has sent an aircraft carrier strike group and other "assets" to the region in what the military says is defensive posturing aimed at deterring Iran.

British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said London had concluded Teheran was "almost certainly" responsible for last Thursday's attacks, prompting Iran's foreign ministry on Saturday to summon British Ambassador Rob Macaire over Mr Hunt's "false remarks". Two of those vessels belonged to Saudi Arabia.

Referring to the tanker attacks in the Gulf of Oman last week, Al-Tuwaijri said Iran had attacked tankers before and triggered chaos in the region.

Tensions in the Persian Gulf have escalated since the US sent an aircraft carrier strike group and other military assets to the region in what it says is defensive posturing against alleged Iranian threats.

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