DUBAI (Reuters) – An Iranian government spokesman said on Saturday that an incident was a "major attack" by Iran's media that missiles focus on an Iranian-owned oil tanker, and said Iran would be responding after studying the facts.
An undated picture shows the Iranian owned Sabiti oil tanker that carries in the Red Sea. Iran's National Oil Tanker Company through WANA (West News News Agency) through REUTERS
The tanker Sabiti met in the waters of the Red Sea from Saudi Arabia on Friday, the Iranian media reported an incident that could discourage tear in a region that had attacks on tankers and oil installations since May.
“Iran is avoiding the break, carefully examining what has happened and investigating facts,” the official news agency Ali Rabei said as the official IRNA news agency said.
Separately, a senior security official said that the video evidence gave rise to the incident, adding that two missiles met with the Sabiti, the semi-official news agency Fars reported.
“A special committee was set up to investigate the attack on Sabiti … with two missiles and its report will be submitted to the authorities for decision,” said Ali Shamkhani, the Iranian security company secretary, according to Fars.
“The piracy and inaccuracy of international waterways that aim to make commercial navigation insecure will not be answered,” he said.
IRNA stated that Rabei was saying “designers of this false attack will be given an appropriate response, but we will wait until all aspects of the plot are clarified”.
Cargo leakage from the tanker was stopped while in charge of the Gulf, the semi-official news agency Mehr reported. “The tanker is in charge of the waters of the Persian Gulf and we hope that he will come into the waters of Iran safely,” he pointed out that an anonymous officer was saying.
Nasrollah Sardashti, one of the National Natural Tanker Company (NITC) owned by the damaged tanker, said the team was safe and that the outgoing vessel would take Iran's waters within 10 days, the Ministry of Oil of SHANA's news agency reported.
There was no claim of responsibility for the reported incident and it has not yet been independently verified.
The latest oil tankers associated with the Red Sea and Gulf region, and it can raise tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia, long-term regional attendees fighting in a pro-war war in Yemen, located in the south of the country. Red Sea.
The US, which is in dispute with Iran about its nuclear plans, has blamed Iran for attacks on Gulf tankers in May and June as well as strikes on the Arabian oil sites in September. Autumn. Tehran denied that he has a role in any of them.
There was no immediate comment by Saudi Arabia on the reported attack on the Iranian owned tanker.
Fifth Fleet of the U. Navy, who works in the region, said he was aware of the reports but had no further information.
In Iran's reports on Friday, accounts were sometimes different. State television, citing the national oil company, said the missiles were hit by missiles and rejected a report they came from Saudi Arabia.
The Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that the ship had met twice, without saying what had happened. The television broadcast images from the Sabiti deck and said they were taken after the attack but there was no visible damage. The hull of the ship was not visible.
Oil prices rose on the news about the incident and industry sources said that high shipping costs could already be raised.
Eurasia Group's political risk consultancy said that it had no firm evidence about who was behind the incident.
“The proximity to the tanker at the time of the attack on the port of Jeddah in Saudi Arabia may suggest that the missiles may have been dispatched from the kingdom.
“Another plausible theory is that Israel was a sabotage operation… The objective would be to disrupt Iranian tanker activity in the Red Sea corridor as it moves towards the Suez Canal. A third possibility would be that a terrorist group made the attack, ”Eurasia said in a statement.
The Red Sea is a major global shipping channel for oil and other trade, connecting the Indian Ocean to the Mediterranean through the Suez Canal.
Reporting at Dubai newsroom; Edited by Mark Heinrich and Frances Kerry
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