Iran on Monday vowed to answer any “adventurism”, its overseas ministry stated, after the US and Britain joined Israel in blaming Tehran for a lethal tanker assault, claims it denies.
The MT Mercer Street, managed by distinguished Israeli billionaire Eyal Ofer, was attacked on Thursday off Oman.
A British safety guard and a Romanian crew member had been killed in what the United States, Britain and the vessel’s operator Zodiac Maritime stated gave the impression to be a drone strike.
Israel blamed Iran for the assault, accusations rejected by Tehran.
Iran’s overseas ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh stated Sunday that Israel “should cease such baseless accusations”.
The US and Britain on Sunday additionally then blamed Iran for the assault, with Washington vowing an “acceptable response”.
Iran “is not going to hesitate to guard its safety and nationwide pursuits, and can instantly and decisively reply to any potential adventurism,” ministry spokesman Khatibzadeh stated in an announcement.
He dismissed US and Britain’s statements as “contradictory”, and stated “if they’ve any proof to assist their baseless claims they need to present them”.
Khatibzadeh additionally accused them of successfully supporting “terrorist assaults towards and sabotage of Iran’s industrial ships” via their “silence”.
There have been a number of current reported assaults on Iranian ships that Tehran has linked to Israel.
In March, Iran stated it was “contemplating all choices” after an assault on a cargo ship within the Mediterranean, that it blamed on Israel.
In April, Tehran stated its freighter Saviz was hit by an “explosion” within the Red Sea, after media stories stated Israel had focused the ship.
The New York Times reported on the time that this was an Israeli “retaliatory” assault, after “Iran’s earlier strikes on Israeli ships”.
Iran has additionally accused Israel of sabotaging its nuclear websites and killing numerous its scientists.
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