In London, an accusing finger is pointed at Tehran: Two days after the attack on the ship off the coast of Oman, which killed two crew members – a British citizen and a Romanian citizen – the British Foreign Office this evening (Sunday) blames Iran and claims it is responsible for the deadly attack.
British Foreign Secretary Dominique Raeb has announced that his country strongly condemns the attack on the vessel – and that it is a well-planned attack aimed at the ship. According to the British Foreign Secretary, this is an action that is “a clear violation of international law by the Iranian regime”. He said the Islamic Republic was responsible for the attack “most likely” – and that it was carried out by one or more UAVs.
The British Foreign Office announcement preceded a conversation between Chief of Staff Kochavi and his British counterpart, General Nick Carter. They talked about the recent events in the region and the challenges shared by the two countries. ”
Iran denies involvement in ship attack: “False accusations”
The British announcement comes after an Iranian foreign minister spokesman denied earlier today the involvement of the Islamic Republic in attacking an Israeli-owned ship near the Gulf of Oman. Throughout the weekend, Israel exerted pressure on international elements to strongly condemn Iran.
“Iran has not been involved in an Israeli-led oil tanker attack off the coast of Oman,” an Iranian foreign ministry spokesman said. “These accusations of Iran’s involvement are doomed by Tehran – the Zionist regime inflicts terror, insecurity and violence,” he added.
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett addressed the issue at the beginning of the cabinet meeting and said: “In recent days the world has received another reminder of Iranian aggression, this time at sea. The Iranians, who attacked the ship with unmanned aircraft, aimed to hit an Israeli target. Instead, their pirate act resulted in the deaths of a British citizen and a Romanian citizen. “
Bennett added that Iran’s bullying is dangerous not only for Israel, but also harms global interests, freedom of shipping and international trade: “The intelligence evidence for this exists and we expect the international system to make it clear to the Iranian regime that they have made a serious mistake. In any case, we know how to get the message across to Iran in our own way. “