Posted on June 28, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis

The United Arab Emirates have gone on record, to suggest more evidence is needed to back the US allegations that Iran was behind the attacks on the two tankers off the Strait of Hormuz on June the 13th.

UAE Foreign Minister, Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan said in a statement on Wednesday in Moscow that no country could possibly be held liable over the attacks on the two tankers.

During a press conference with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, the UAE Foreign Minister made it clear that there would need to be more evidence gathered regarding the attacks that occurred on the Strait.

“If there is a country that has the evidence, then I’m convinced that the international community will listen to it. But we need to make sure the evidence is precise and convincing,” said Al Nahyan in a statement.

The US National Security Adviser, John Bolton has gone on record to say that the attacks on the two oil tankers were made with naval mines from Iran, but a number of individuals and organizations have refuted his statement.

However, Yutaka Katada, President of the Kokuka Sangyo Shipping company that owns the Kokuka Courageous, one of the two tankers that were attacked on June the 13th, has presented a different set of facts.

According to Mr. Katada, the crew of the Courageous are adamant that the vessel was hit with a series of flying objects.

 “The crew are saying it was hit with a flying object. They say something came flying toward them, then there was an explosion, then there was a hole in the vessel. Then some crew witnessed a second shot,” he said during an interview with the Washington Post.

“To put a bomb on the side is not something we are thinking. If it’s between an explosion and a penetrating bullet, I have a feeling it is a penetrating bullet. If it was an explosion, there would be damage in different places, but this is just an assumption or a guess,” Mr. Katada went on to say.

Posted in Security , Strait of Hormuz , Iran , Middle East , United States , Gulf of Oman

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