The U.S. military’s Central Command has released a video and some still photographs on June 14 that it says shows Iran’s Revolutionary Guard removing an unexploded limpet mine from one of the oil tankers targeted near the strategic Strait of Hormuz, suggesting that Iran sought to remove evidence of its involvement from the scene.
The black-and-white footage and two still color photographs appeared to show the limpet mine on the Kokuka Courageous.
U.S. Central Command Statement on June 13 Limpet Mine Attack in the Gulf of Oman
— U.S. Central Command (@CENTCOM) June 14, 2019
On June 13, the White House blamed Iran for the attack on two oil tankers near the strait in the Gulf of Oman, and President Donald Trump responded that it was “too soon” to even consider sorting out a deal with the country.
“It is the assessment of the United States government that the Islamic Republic of Iran is responsible for the attacks that occurred,” Pompeo said at a department press briefing June 13.
.@SecPompeo: The United States will defend its forces and interests, and stand with our partners and allies to safeguard global commerce and regional stability. We call upon all nations threatened by #Iran’s provocative acts to join us in that endeavor. pic.twitter.com/snjIVxtl2t
— Department of State (@StateDept) June 13, 2019
“This is only the latest in a series of attacks instigated by the Islamic Republic of Iran and its surrogates against American and allied interests,” Pompeo added.
Pompeo said the evaluation was based on a number of factors that all pointed to Iran: intelligence, the weapons used, and the level of expertise needed to conduct such an operation.
Tensions between Iran and the United States, along with U.S. allies like Saudi Arabia, have risen since Washington pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal in 2018. The Obama administration said the deal between Iran and global powers would help curb Tehran’s nuclear ambitions.
Iran has repeatedly warned it would block the Strait of Hormuz if it can’t sell its oil due to U.S. sanctions.
— Press TV (@PressTV) June 13, 2019
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Author: Mimi Nguyen Ly