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‘Extremely seemingly’: UK & US accuse Iran of ‘deliberate & focused assault’ on Israeli-operated tanker off Oman, threaten a response

‘Highly likely’: UK & US accuse Iran of ‘deliberate & targeted attack’ on Israeli-operated tanker off Oman, threaten a response

It’s “extremely seemingly” that Iran was behind the lethal drone assault on the Israeli-operated tanker MV Mercer Road off the coast of Oman, Overseas Secretary Dominic Raab mentioned, threatening Tehran with a “concerted response.”

“We imagine this assault was deliberate, focused, and a transparent violation of worldwide regulation by Iran,” mentioned an announcement, launched by the Overseas Workplace on Sunday.

It went on to say that “it’s extremely seemingly” that Iran attacked the Mercer Road tanker with one among its drones because the vessel was passing by impartial waters off the coast of Oman.

“We’re assured that Iran performed this assault,” US State Secretary Antony Blinken mentioned in an announcement, including that the conclusion was reached “upon evaluate of the accessible data.” He additionally accused Tehran of taking actions that “threaten freedom of navigation” by a “essential waterway.”

The MV Mercer Road, a Liberian-flagged tanker operated by the London-based Zodiac Maritime firm of Israeli billionaire Eyal Ofer, was focused in an assault on July 29 northeast of the Omani island of Masirah. Two individuals had been killed within the incident: one among them reportedly the Romanian captain and the opposite confirmed as a British safety guard.

The US Navy’s Fifth Fleet, which operates within the area, blamed the assault on what it known as a “suicide drone.” Raab didn’t cite any new proof that would make clear the circumstances of the incident, however mentioned as a substitute that “UK assessments have concluded” that Tehran was seemingly behind it.

London condemned what it known as “the illegal and callous assault,” and demanded Iran “finish such assaults,” however stopped wanting taking any retaliatory steps. As a substitute, the overseas secretary mentioned the UK was “working with our worldwide companions on a concerted response” to the incident.

Blinken additionally vowed to ship an applicable response” to the assault on Sunday.

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Israeli Overseas Minister Yair Lapid had beforehand known as for a “harsh” worldwide response to the assault, laying the blame for it squarely on Iran, and the Israeli ambassador to america and the United Nations, Gilad Erdan, mentioned he had mentioned with Washington the opportunity of a “actual” response.

It stays unclear what precisely occurred to the vessel, although Israel’s Prime Minister Naftali Bennett claimed there was “intelligence proof” proving Tehran was behind the incident. He didn’t make this proof public, nevertheless. Iran has denied accountability for the assault and, in flip, accused Tel Aviv of making “insecurity, terror and violence.”

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