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Furious Iranian officials claim sabotage in tanker incident

After the United States accused Iran of being behind the attacks on tankers in the Gulf of Oman, Tehran accused Washington of "sabotage diplomacy."
Still image taken from a U.S. military handout video purports to show Iran's Revolutionary Guard (IRGC) removing an unexploded limpet mine from the side of the Kokuka Courageous Tanker, June 13, 2019. Courtesy U.S. Military/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. - RC1520E6C0B0

The June 13 attack on two tankers in the Gulf of Oman has pushed tensions between Iran and the United States to new heights, raising concerns that the region risks a repeat of the infamous tanker war

Hours after the incident, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blamed Iran for the attacks on the Norwegian and Japanese tankers. “This assessment is based on intelligence, the weapons used, the level of expertise needed to execute the operation, recent similar Iranian attacks on shipping and the fact no proxy group operating in the area has the resources and proficiency to act with such a high degree of sophistication,” Pompeo said. The US Navy released grainy black-and-white video of what it claims was an Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps boat approach one of the tankers to remove a mine that had not exploded. 

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