G7 foreign ministers blamed Iran on Friday after the attack on an oil tanker that killed two in the Arabian Sea.
“All the available evidence clearly points to Iran,” they said in a joint statement, denouncing a “deliberate and targeted attack” without “any justification”.
“Iran’s behavior, as well as its support for forces acting as a relay and for armed non-state actors, threatens international peace and security,” hammered the seven ministers (United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Canada, Japan) and the head of European diplomacy Josep Borrell.
On July 29, the MT Mercer Street, an oil tanker run by a company owned by an Israeli billionaire, was the target of an attack off the coast of Oman, which resulted in the death of a British security guard and ‘a Romanian crew member.
The United States, the United Kingdom and Israel have already pointed the finger at Tehran, which has denied.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken promised a “collective response” and Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett also assured that his government was working on it.
Blinken reiterated, in a tweet, his condolences to British Foreign Minister Dominique Raab ” for the loss of a British citizen in the Iranian attack on the tanker Mercer Street, which was peacefully transiting international waters. We discussed the next steps to hold Iran accountable and defend freedom of navigation ”.
Iran outright denies any oil tanker attack
Iran has meanwhile warned that it would retaliate against any “adventurism” after threats from Israel and the United States.
“We call on all the actors concerned to play a constructive role in strengthening stability and peace in the region”, underlined the G7.
For years, Israel and Iran have clashed directly or indirectly in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and the Palestinian Gaza Strip. But in recent months, this rivalry has spilled over into the sea with the emergence of a mysterious series of sabotages and attacks.
Recall that Tehran 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”.