The United States threatened the signatories of the attack on an oil tanker held by an Israeli billionaire in the Arabian Sea with collective reprisals. The main implicated in this attack is Iran, which categorically refuted Israel’s accusations.
The head of American diplomacy, Antony Blinken assured that a collective response will be addressed to the culprit. Two people on board the tanker died in the attack attributed to a drone.
“We are in close contact and coordinate with the UK, Israel, Romania and other countries. And there will be a collective response, ”said US Foreign Minister Antony Blinken, whose country recently joined the investigation team to shed light on the incident.
The day before, the Secretary of State had accused Iran of having carried out this attack, and on Monday, he went further by asserting that the Republic of Iran “continues to act in a terribly irresponsible manner”.
“Iranian acts are a direct threat to freedom of navigation,” the diplomat also observed, at a time when the incidents in the Middle East region targeting tankers and oil installations, in particular in Saudi Arabia and even in the United Arab Emirates, have multiplied in recent months.
Regarding the attacks against Riyadh, they came mainly from the Houthi rebels of Yemen, without being claimed by this party. And, according to experts, only Iran could equip the Houthi rebels with drone technology.
Already Sunday, Israel, the United States, the United Kingdom and Romania, which are working to identify the culprits, pointed the finger at Iran. But Tehran has denied it outright. “The Islamic Republic of Iran will not hesitate to protect its security and its national interests,” Iranian Foreign Affairs spokesman Saïd Khatibzadeh warned on Monday. It “will respond immediately and decisively to any adventurism,” he insisted.
The attack on the oil tanker Mercer Street in the Arabian Sea on Thursday resulted in the death of two people including Briton employed by the security company Ambrey, and a Romanian crew member, according to the shipowner Zodiac Maritime , an international company based in London and managed by Israeli billionaire Eyal Ofer. Sunday, the Secretary of State had evoked an “appropriate and imminent response”.