UK, U.S. Accuse Iran of Deadly Attack on Oil Tanker off Oman Coast

The United Kingdom and the United States on Aug. 1 have blamed Iran for the July 29 attack on an Israeli-linked oil tanker that killed two people.

UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said in a statement that the UK government believed the attack was “deliberate, targeted, and a clear violation of international law by Iran.”

Raab said that UK assessments concluded that Iran was “highly likely” to be behind the attack on the MV Mercer Street that killed a British and Romanian national using unmanned aerial vehicles in international waters off the coast of Oman last week.

Raab called for the end of such attacks and said that the UK was “working with our international partners on a concerted response to this unacceptable attack.”

Similarly, U.S. State Secretary Antony Blinken said that the U.S. government was “confident” that Iran was behind the attack.

“There is no justification for this attack, which follows a pattern of attacks and other belligerent behavior. These actions threaten freedom of navigation through this crucial waterway, international shipping and commerce, and the lives of those on the vessels involved,” Blinken said in a statement.

Blinken added that the U.S. was also working with its allies to consider the next steps for an appropriate response.

The vessel is operated by the London-based Zodiac Maritime, which is owned by Israeli billionaire Eyal Ofer.

The statements came after Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said that there was “intelligence evidence” that Iran attacked the vessel.

Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid said that he was “pleased” that the U.S. and the U.K. condemned the attacks.

“Israel will continue to hold conversations with our allies around the world and work together to formulate the necessary steps to combat ongoing Iranian terror,” the Israeli Foreign Ministry said on Twitter.

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