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Iran’s Shamkhani Vows Harsh Response to Those behind Tanker Attack

Iran’s Shamkhani Vows Harsh Response to Those behind Tanker Attack
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By Staff, Agencies

Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Rear Admiral Ali Shamkhani vowed a harsh response by Iran to those behind a recent attack on an Iranian tanker in the Red Sea.

“We will give a response that will make those behind the attack on the Iranian vessel and seek to create a new wave of tension in the region regret their act,” Shamkhani said.

He described insecurity in international waterways as a contributory factor in creating crises in the region.

Shamkhani’s remarks came during a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin’s Envoy for Syria, Alexander Lavrentiev, in Tehran on Wednesday.

The Sabiti oil tanker, owned by the National Iranian Tanker Company [NITC], was hit by two separate explosions about 96 km from the Saudi port city of Jeddah on Friday. The blasts caused an oil spill that was stopped shortly afterwards.

The Port and Maritime Organization of Iran [PMO] said Sabiti came under attacks by two missiles fired from an unknown location.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Monday that the attack was undoubtedly carried out by a regime with the help of some regional countries.

“Of course, what happened in the Red Sea and our ship was targeted, caused problems and our investigation [into this issue] will be finalized soon. What is certain is that a regime with the help of some regional countries has been behind this and we are conducting a probe to see what has happened,” Rouhani said.

The incident is the latest involving oil tankers in the Red Sea and Gulf region, a vital waterway linking oil-producing countries to world markets.