Evil Deeds in Int'l Waterways Not to Go Unanswered: Iran's Shamkhani

Persian Gulf Tensions

Explosion at Iran oil tanker off Saudi Arabia - Iranian media

A senior Iranian security official said Saturday that an attack on one of the country's oil tankers will not go unpunished, the official IRNA news agency reported.

"At 11:47 local time on Friday, an e-mail was received from Jedda seaside station including a message from SABITI's captain", the Saudi official said, "The message said the bow of the tanker was damaged causing oil released into the sea".

This photo released by the official news agency of the Iranian Oil Ministry, SHANA, shows Iranian oil tanker Sabiti traveling through the Red Sea on October 11, 2019. The United States has blamed Iran for those incidents. NIOC, the company that owns the vessel, later dismissed the claims that it had been a Saudi missile attack, but confirmed that the ship sustained damage.

"All the ship's crew are safe and the ship is stable too", NITC said, adding those on board were trying to fix the damage. Washington accused Tehran of attacking the vessels with mines and to be behind the drone assault, something it strongly denied.

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"None of the crew members were injured at the explosion. the situation is under control", Nour said. The United States Navy's Fifth Fleet, which is based in Bahrain, said it was aware of the reports but had no further information.

The latest incident comes after a spate of still unexplained attacks on shipping in and around the vital seaway to the Gulf involving Iran and Western powers, as well as drone attacks on Saudi oil installations.

"By reviewing existing video images and the gathered information and evidence, the main clues about (those behind) this unsafe adventurism have been found", he said.

Iran " s Foreign Ministry said the ship was attacked "from a location close to the corridor it was passing, east of the Red Sea".

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Last month, oil facilities in Saudi Arabia were attacked.

But, he added, "Iran has announced that, with or without a mediator, it is always ready to hold talk with its neighbors, including Saudi Arabia, to get rid of any misunderstandings".

The Red Sea is a major global shipping route for oil and other trade, linking the Indian Ocean with the Mediterranean via the Suez Canal.

The US has increased the deployment of forces in the region by 14,000 since May, according to CNN.

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