Front Altair leaves Iran waters after Gulf of Oman attacks


The United States has blamed Iran for an attack on two tankers in the Gulf of Oman, releasing video footage that it claims shows an Iranian patrol boat removing an unexploded mine from one of the vessels' hulls.

"Britain should act to ease tensions in the Gulf, not fuel a military escalation that began with USA withdrawal from the Iran nuclear agreement", he said, referring to Washington's withdrawal from a 2015 pact to curb Tehran's nuclear plans.

"We have got to give up on this idea that if the United States decides to go into war - especially one engineered by the likes of John Bolton and the neo-cons - we have to stop and say there are times when we just don't follow".

Saudi Arabia called for swift action to secure Gulf energy supplies, after the United States blamed Iran for attacks on two oil tankers in a vital oil shipping route that have raised fears of broader confrontation in the region.

Prior to taking fire, the American MQ-9 drone observed Iranian vessels closing in on the tankers, the official added, though the source did not say whether the unmanned aircraft saw the boats conducting an actual attack.

"It's not going to be closed for long, and they know it", he said.

An Iranian small attack craft fired a surface to-air missile (SAM) at a U.S.

Pompeo did not say that mines had caused the two holes in the tanker's hull that were visible in photographs released by the US military, but USA officials have said that mines were used in the attacks last month.

Trump implemented tariffs against Iran back in April and accused the country in March of having a "military-industrial complex", saying, "Well, I'm the one that talks about these wars that are 19 years ... you do have a military-industrial complex. I guess they didn't want the evidence left behind".

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The Foreign Office says in a statement that its own assessment concluded "it is nearly certain that a branch of the Iranian military", the Islamic Revolutionary Guard, attacked the tankers.

"The two leaders discussed a range bilateral issues, including Prime Minister Abe's recent travel to Iran and the circumstances surrounding the attacks on two tankers in the Gulf of Oman".

Mr Hunt had earlier said Britain's assessment "leads us to conclude that responsibility for the attacks nearly certainly lies with Iran".

Hours earlier, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had blamed Tehran, citing US assessment based on intelligence, type of weapons used and level of expertise needed to carry out the operation.

Tehran has denied being involved and accused the U.S. of promoting an "Iranophobic" campaign against it.

Abe made the remarks after telephone calls with President Donald Trump, briefing him on his Iran visit this week, without elaborating. We have 14 different sites of conflict, they were in charge of every single place and they really are, they are a nation of terror and they've changed a lot since I've been president, I can tell you.

Russia, which has close - if sometimes strained - links to Iran, warned through its foreign ministry against "hasty conclusions". It was hit by three explosions, according to Norwegian officials.

The ships' operators offered no immediate explanation on who or what caused the damage against the Norwegian-owned MT Front Altair and the Japanese-owned Kokuka Courageous.

Iranian officials denied any involvement, with Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif suggesting that Iran's enemies may have been behind the attacks and reiterating calls for a regional dialogue.