'Nation of terror' Iran was behind tanker attacks, says Trump

US Navy Receives Distress Calls From 2 Ships In Gulf Of Oman

US Navy Receives Distress Calls From 2 Ships In Gulf Of Oman

The U.S. charge of Iranian noncompliance with the JCPOA comes days after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the United States is "prepared to engage in a conversation with no pre-conditions" with Iran.

Spy plane footage released by CENTCOM seemed to show the crew of an Iranian fast boat removing the unexploded mine from the side of the boat at 4:10 p.m. local time. An individual stands up on the bow of the boat and can be seen removing an object from the tanker's hull.

Meanwhile, the owner of the Japanese tanker that the US said was on the footage they released today, said the crew had reported "flying objects" just before it was hit, CBC reports.

President Donald Trump withdrew America previous year from the 2015 nuclear deal that Iran reached with world powers and recently imposed a series of sanctions now squeezing its beleaguered economy and cutting deeply into its oil exports. "The video now nails it".

The source added that the goal of the response from the U.S. government thus far is all about publicly exposing Iranian actions and intensifying maximum pressure.

"These accusations are alarming", Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said.

The Front Altair carrying naptha, a refined petroleum product, and owned by the Oslo-listed company Frontline was hit by three explosions, according to Norwegian officials, and remained ablaze into Thursday.

Speaking at a news conference Friday, Katada noted that the tanker's hull was hit well above the waterline, NHK says, "and that chances are slim that a mine or a torpedo was involved".

The crew of the Japanese-owned Kokuka Courageous saw a "flying object" before a second blast on board, the operator's head said Friday.

"The suspicious nature of incidents for oil tankers is not a joke". While many details of the incident are still shrouded in mystery, the USA was quick to blame Iran.

Following the incident, China's President Xi Jinping said Beijing would promote development of ties with Iran regardless of how the situation changes.

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Iran on Friday dismissed as "baseless" United States accusations that it carried out twin attacks that left two tankers ablaze in the Gulf of Oman, escalating tensions across the region and sending world oil prices soaring.

The Japanese tanker was attacked twice Thursday, damaging the vessel and forcing all 21 crew members to evacuate.

Mr Pompeo said on Twitter: "These attacks are a threat to worldwide peace and security, a blatant assault on the freedom of navigation, and an unacceptable escalation of tension by Iran".

Iran has rejected accusations by USA secretary of state Mike Pompeo that it was responsible.

"They've been told in very strong terms ... we want to get them back to the table if they want to get back".

"These accusations are alarming", Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said, adding that blaming Iran for Thursday's attacks was "convenient" for US officials. He called reports of a mine attack "false". "Suspicious doesn't begin to describe what likely transpired", he wrote.

During his Japan trip, Trump also endorsed Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's plan to visit Iran, raising speculation that Abe is serving as a mediator for the Trump administration (see below for details.) However, when Abe attempted to deliver a message from Trump to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei June 13, Khamenei said that he does not view Trump as "deserving to exchange messages with" and will not respond.

They were mixed on Friday after the previous day's surge, with benchmark Brent crude slightly up while United States standard, West Texas Intermediate WTI dipped slightly.

These blasts come a month after four oil tankers were damaged in an unclaimed attack off the United Arab Emirates. The US and Saudi Arabia suspect Iran was behind those attacks - though no evidence of its involvement has been presented.

A five-nation investigation into those attacks said its preliminary findings indicated a state actor was responsible but stopped short of naming Iran.

Iranian TV showed 23 crew in Iran believed to be from Front Altair on Friday, and said it experts would assess whether they could return to the ship.

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