The attack Thursday on two international oil tankers off the Iranian coast that left one ship billowing black smoke and forced crews of both to abandon ship was the work of Iran, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said.
“This is only the latest in a series of attacks instigated by the Islamic Republic of Iran and its surrogates against American and Allied interests,” Pompeo said.
No nation or group claimed responsibility for the attack, the second on oil tankers in the region in a month.
America is being played into war by Trump/Bolton/Pompeo. Why would Iran attack a Japanese tanker when they are together having a peace submit & Japan buys their oil? This make no sense except that this administration, we know, wants a war with Iran. This seems like something Saudi Arabia would do for their friend Kushner and Trump to ‘wag the dog’ and lie us into war.
Iran government spokesman Ali Rabiei earlier expressed “concern and sorrow” over the incident and seemed to deny involvement, saying other nations would benefit from instability in the region.
The U.S. Navy’s Fifth Fleet said it received two distress calls and sent the guided-missile destroyer USS Bainbridge to the scene. The operator of the chemical tanker Kokuka Courageous, Kokuka Sangyo Co., said crewmembers escaped on a lifeboat and were rescued by a Dutch ship before boarding a U.S. ship.
Iran’s Islamic Republic News Agency initially claimed its nation’s search and rescue teams picked up the 21 sailors aboard the Kokuka Courageous and the 23 from the Front Altair and evacuated them to the nearby Iranian port of Jask. Iranian TV later aired video of some sailors gathered in a room watching TV.