The US accused Iran of the drone attack on an oil tanker off the coast of Oman

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The US accused Iran of the drone attack on an oil tanker near the coast of Oman

The Liberian-flagged oil tanker MV Pacific Zircon linked to Israel was attacked as it passed through international waters off the coast of Oman the day before. (David Potter/Handout via REUTERS)

The United States on Wednesday condemned the attack on an oil tanker off the coast of Oman and attributed it to Iran, according to a statement from National Security Adviser, Jake Sullivan.

“After reviewing the available information, we are convinced that Iran carried out this attack with a drone,” said the official about the event that occurred on Tuesday, which caused no casualties although it did “minor damage” to the tanker, according to Eastern Pacific Shipping, the shipping agency.

The oil tankerMV Pacific Zircon, flagged with Liberia and linked to Israel, was attacked as it passed international waters the day before near the coast of Oman.

The US official indicated in a statement that Iranian drones are being used in the Middle East and Ukraine, in this case by Russia.

Sullivan stressed that there is no justification for the tanker attack, which he called the latest example of the pattern Iran is following “with these kinds of actions and broader destabilizing activities.”

He stated that with these kinds of actions, Tehran “further threatens the freedom of navigation on this crucial waterway, international shipping and trade, and the lives of the people on the ships involved.”

Sullivan recalled that it was the British Royal Navy that first came to assist the tanker and stressed that the US is working with its partners and allies to hold Iran accountable.

According to the According to The Jerusalem Post newspaper, the attacked vessel is operated by the Singapore-based company Eastern Pacific Shipping, owned by Israeli tycoon Idan Ofer.

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The US accused Iran of the drone attack on an oil tanker off the coast of Oman

Iranian drones are being used in the Middle East and in Ukraine, in this case by Rusi (REUTERS/Roman Petushkov)

An Israeli official told the AFP agency that the attack on the tanker was “a Iranian provocation” that was intended to “disturb the atmosphere” ahead of the opening of the World Cup in Qatar on Sunday.

The official, who requested anonymity, said the attack was carried out carried out with the “same drones the Iranians are selling to the Russians for use in the Ukraine…the Shahed 136″, a drone equipped with a warhead.

(With information from AFP and EFE)

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