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UK pins blame on Iran for tanker attacks at Gulf of Oman

UK pins blame on Iran for tanker attacks at Gulf of Oman

The UK government said it was adamant that Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps was responsible for the attacks on tankers in the Gulf of Oman, insisting that neither another state nor a state actor had the capability to launch such an operation. In a statement, UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said the action violated international norms and urged

UK Accuses Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps of Attacking Tankers in Gulf of Oman

UK Accuses Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps of Attacking Tankers in Gulf of Oman

"It is almost certain that a branch of the Iranian military - the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps - attacked the two tankers on 13 June. No other state or non-state actor could plausibly have been responsible," it said in a statement. It also claimed that Iran had previously conducted attacks on oil tankers . "The Emirati-led investigation of the

Oil Tanker Operator Destroys US Version Blaming Iran for Attack - Reports

Oil Tanker Operator Destroys US Version Blaming Iran for Attack - Reports

Yutaka Katada, the president of the Japanese company operating the Kokuka Courageous tanker, which was hit by an explosion in the Gulf of Oman damaging its hull, has refuted the US version of events in comments to the Japanese media, saying that the ship's crew saw a flying object ahead of the blast. "I do not think there was a time bomb or an object

Britain blames Iran for attacks on tankers in Gulf of Oman

Britain blames Iran for attacks on tankers in Gulf of Oman

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain blamed Iran and its Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps on Friday for attacks on tankers in the Gulf of Oman, saying no other state or non-state actor could have been responsible. British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt condemned the attacks, said they had violated international norms, and called on Iran to stop all forms of

US accuses Iran of detaining crew after oil tanker attack

US accuses Iran of detaining crew after oil tanker attack

The US has accused Iran of detaining the crew of one of two oil tankers attacked in the Gulf of Oman this week, as video footage emerged that purportedly shows an Iranian boat removing an unexploded mine from one of the vessels. Washington claims Iran is behind a succession of recent shipping attacks in the Gulf. It said grainy video published on the

Trump blames Iran for tanker attacks, fears of confrontation rise

Trump blames Iran for tanker attacks, fears of confrontation rise

DUBAI/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump blamed Iran on Friday for attacks on two oil tankers at the entrance to the Gulf despite Tehran’s denials, raising fears of a confrontation in the vital oil shipping route. Iran has dismissed earlier U.S. charges that it was behind Thursday’s attacks that crippled two tankers. It has previously

Trump team weighs options against Iran after tanker explosions

Trump team weighs options against Iran after tanker explosions

President Trump and Iranian leaders traded accusations Friday over who was responsible for fiery explosions that crippled two oil tankers off Iran’s coast, but both sides also appeared cautious not to go beyond a war of words, at least for now, to avoid a direct military confrontation. After blaming Iran quickly and decisively, the White House came

'Ridiculous, dangerous': Iran denies US claims over Gulf tankers

'Ridiculous, dangerous': Iran denies US claims over Gulf tankers

Iran has denounced as "ridiculous" and "dangerous" allegations by the United States that Tehran was behind reported attacks on tankers near the Strait of Hormuz. The two vessels - t he Japanese-owned Kokuka Courageous and the Norwegian-owned Front Altair - were damaged on Thursday morning as they were leaving the Gulf of Oman, the second such incident

Trump ready for Iran talks despite attacks

Trump ready for Iran talks despite attacks

"We want to get them back to the table," Trump told Fox News in an interview on Friday. "I'm ready when they are," adding that he was in "no rush." Asked how to he planned to address Tehran and stop any further incidents, Trump said: "We'll see what happens." Thursday's attacks raised questions about shipping through the Strait of Hormuz, a key commercial

U.S. and Gulf allies face tough task protecting oil shipping lanes

U.S. and Gulf allies face tough task protecting oil shipping lanes

DUBAI (Reuters) - The United States and its allies may need to start escorting commercial vessels to prevent further attacks in Gulf oil shipping lanes, Gulf sources and experts said. Even then, the conventional naval and air capabilities of Western and Gulf powers tasked with policing vital commercial waters may be of limited use against the asymmetric