Posted on October 16, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
The Iranian Foreign Minister, Javad Zariff has alluded during a statement to the press on the 15th of October, that the attack on the Tanker Sabiti was the act of a foreign government.
According to Mr. Zarif “one, or several foreign governments” were behind the alleged missile attack that tore two holes in the tanker’s hull.
“The attack on the Iranian oil tanker has been a complicated measure . . . and was a state-sponsored action. The investigations are in progress, and we won’t accuse any government until we acquire hard facts about it,”
However, the Iranian President, Hassan Rouhani warned on Sunday that Tehran would immediately respond once they identify the culprit.
“It is an absolute mistake for a country to think that it could create insecurity in the region without receiving a response. This wasn’t a terrorist move, nor was it carried out by an individual. It was carried out by a government,” said President Rouhani during a press conference on Monday.
As a result of the alleged attack, we’ve witnessed a large quantity of oil spill into the Red Sea.
The Iranian Ports and Maritime Organization (PMO) has decried the lack of assistance from regional maritime bodies following the attack.
“No regional maritime administration responded to calls for assistance by MT Sabiti, and the PMO considers this in contrast and violation of international customary requirements, as well as humanitarian principles,” stated the organization.
From 05:11 to 07:20 GMT on October the 11th, the vessel released no less than 16 distress alerts, through MF, HF, SAT-C and VHF channels. Receiving no response from MRCCs, they proceeded to email MRCCss in Jeddah port, Egypt and Sudan.
Since then MRCC Jeddah has gone on to deny receiving the distress alerts, having considered the issue to be an exaggeration by the National Iranian Tanker Company (NITC).