UK accuses Iran of attacking tankers in Gulf of Oman on June 13

British government notes that in this case, international norms of civil navigation were violated
15:57, 15 June 2019
UK finds Iran guilty of attacking two tankers in the Gulf of Oman on 13 June. The position of the British authorities was expressed by the Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt, according to the government website.

“I condemn yesterday’s attacks on two ships in the Gulf of Oman. Our own assessment leads us to conclude that the responsibility for the attacks almost certainly lies with Iran,” Hunt said.

He stressed that these recent attacks are based on the nature of Iran’s destabilizing behavior and pose a serious danger to the region.

The British government notes that in this case international norms regarding civil navigation were violated.

It is important that tankers and crews can safely pass through international waters, the British Foreign Secretary said.
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"We call on Iran to urgently end all forms of destabilizing activities," Hunt said.

According to him, the UK remains in close coordination with international partners to find diplomatic solutions to reduce tensions.

On June 13, explosions occurred on two tankers in the Gulf of Oman. One of them was registered in Panama, the second vessel belonged to the Norwegian Frontline and sailed  under the flag of the Marshall Islands. On one of the ships were 11 Russians, they, like other crew members, were evacuated to Iran. After the explosions, the tankers caught fire.

Earlier, the US accused Iran of attacking tankers in the Gulf of Oman.
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