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U.S.-released video links Iran to tanker attacks

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 6/14/19, 10:08 am

The U.S. military released a video Friday it said showed an Iranian Revolutionary Guard patrol boat removing an unexploded mine from one of the two oil tankers targeted Thursday in the Gulf of Oman. The black-and-white footage shows a small military boat pull alongside the Japanese-owned Kokuka Courageous tanker and remove the suspected mine from its hull. The U.S. military also released a still photo that showed a mine and damage to the tanker. The Norwegian-owned Front Altair tanker, which was carrying petrochemical feedstock, was also struck Thursday in a separate attack. Responders rescued all 44 crew members from both vessels.

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi called the accusations “alarming” and blamed U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. “We are responsible for ensuring the security of the Strait and we have rescued the crew of those attacked tankers in the shortest possible time,” Mousavi told Iranian state radio. “Obviously, accusing Iran for such a suspicious and unfortunate incident is the simplest and the most convenient way for Pompeo and other U.S. officials.”

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Onize Ohikere

Onize is a reporter for WORLD Digital based in Abuja, Nigeria.

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  • OldMike
    Posted: Fri, 06/14/2019 12:19 pm

    I dunno, maybe we are being too harsh with Iran. 

    They seem to think having nuclear weapons would make them happy. Perhaps we should just give them a couple. I imagine we could arrange a flight out of Diego Garcia with only a couple hours notice, to make delivery. 

  • Laura W
    Posted: Sat, 06/15/2019 12:58 am

    Emphasizing their fast reaction time to a supposedly unforeseen incident isn't exactly the most convincing argument they could have chosen...