US blames Iran for attack on Israeli-managed tanker, vows 'appropriate response'

Published August 1, 2021
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken says, "Upon review of the available information, we are confident that Iran conducted this attack".  — Reuters/File
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken says, "Upon review of the available information, we are confident that Iran conducted this attack". — Reuters/File

The United States on Sunday blamed Iran for a deadly attack on an Israeli tanker off Oman and vowed an "appropriate response" was forthcoming.

The MT Mercer Street tanker was struck on Thursday in the northern Indian Ocean, killing two crew members, in what the US said was a drone-style attack.

"Upon review of the available information, we are confident that Iran conducted this attack," US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement, adding that the attack was carried out using a drone.

"We are working with our partners to consider our next steps and consulting with governments inside the region and beyond on an appropriate response, which will be forthcoming," Blinken added.

Britain also said on Sunday it believes Iran deliberately carried out the attack in "a clear violation of international law."

Earlier on Sunday, Iran denied involvement in the attack, with foreign ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh saying Israel "must stop such baseless accusations".

"Iran will not hesitate for a moment to defend its ... interests and national security," he told a news conference.

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