U.S. censures Iran for tanker assaults in Gulf of Oman, Iran rejects statement
The United States reprimanded Iran for assaults on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday that drove up oil costs and raised worries about another U.S.- Iranian showdown, however Tehran obtusely denied the charge.
The firm that contracted the Kokuka Courageous tanker said it was hit by a presumed torpedo, however an individual with information of the issue said torpedoes were not utilized.
On Thursday night, U.S. Headquarters representative Bill Urban discharged a video of what the U.S. military said was an Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corp Gashti Class watch vessel moving toward the Kokuka Courageous "and was watched and recorded evacuating (an) unexploded limpet mine from the M/T Kokuka Courageous."
Brent rough was somewhere around 0.4% at $61.06 a barrel in early Asia exchanging.
The United States, which has blamed Iran or its intermediaries for doing a May 12 assault on four tankers off the United Arab Emirates' coast just as May 14 automaton strikes on two Saudi oil-siphoning stations, decisively reprimanded Iran for Thursday's assaults.
Pompeo did not give unequivocal proof to back up the U.S. attestation.
"This appraisal depends on knowledge, the weapons utilized, the dimension of mastery expected to execute the task, later comparative Iranian assaults on transportation, and the way that no intermediary gathering working in the territory has the assets and capability to act with such a high level of modernity," Pompeo said.
Iran "completely rejects the U.S. unwarranted case as to 13 June oil tanker occurrences and denounces it in the most grounded potential terms," the Iranian mission to the United Nations said in an announcement on Thursday evening.