PortandTerminal.com, June 13, 2019
Bloomberg (06:39 ADT): Regardless of whether Iran is responsible for damage to vessels in the Sea of Oman, it will still get the blame — and suffer the fallout
Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has said that “suspicious doesn’t being to describe” the incident this morning involving two tankers in the Gulf of Oman. One of the ships attacked has been reported to have sunk.
Coincidentally, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is in Tehran this morning as the attacks took place for meetings with Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei for talks aimed to ease tensions between the Islamic republic and the US.
Abe is completing a two-day visit to Iran, becoming the first sitting Japanese premier to visit the country since its 1979 Islamic Revolution.
“I do not see Trump as worthy of any message exchange, and I do not have any reply for him now or in the future,” Khamenei was quoted as saying.
The attacks on tankers in the Gulf of Oman this morning have stoked fears that diplomacy won’t avert a military confrontation between the U.S. and Iran.
For its part, Iran has strenuously denied involvement in today’s attacks saying that “Suspicious doesn’t begin to describe” the attacks. One of the vessels has been reported to have sunk, the other is still burning.
Fingers though will certainly be pointed at Iran as the mastermind behind these events. But the potential benefits to the Persian Gulf nation are outweighed by the risks. And even if Tehran isn’t responsible, it will still suffer the consequences.
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