America blames Iran for tanker attack, preparing for retaliation

America blames Iran for tanker attack, preparing for retaliation

Washington: The US has blamed Iran for carrying out a deadly drone attack on an oil tanker in the northern Arabian Sea last week, saying an “appropriate response” is on the way.
In a statement released on Sunday, the State Department said: “Upon reviewing available information, we believe that Iran carried out this attack, which killed two innocent people, using one-sided explosive UAVs, one lethal potential which is rapidly employing this sector.
“There is no justification for this attack, which follows a pattern of attacks and other belligerent behaviour. These actions threaten the freedom of navigation through this vital waterway, international shipping and commerce, and the lives of the people of the ships involved.” Is.
“We are working with our partners to consider our next steps and consult with governments in the region and beyond on the appropriate response, which will be forthcoming.”
Zodiac Maritime, a London-based firm owned by Israeli billionaire Eyal Ofer, said on July 30 that its oil tanker Mercer Street had been attacked the day before.
The two dead crew members were from Romania and Britain.
Also on Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett blamed Iran for the attack, saying his country had intelligence evidence of Tehran’s involvement and hoped that the international community would pressure the Islamic republic which has taken “a serious threat”. made mistake”.
So far no one has claimed responsibility for the attack.
The Iranian Foreign Ministry dismissed the allegations, saying they were “baseless”.

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