Suspected Iranian Attack At Sea Creates Tension For US, UK And Israel
The United States, United Kingdom and Israel are up and arms against Iran over a fatal drone strike over an Israeli tanker near the near the coast of Oman in the Arabian Sea. Washington has now said, it is determined to respond back working closely with its allies over this insult.
While the nuclear deal is on the table for Washington and Tehran, the language used by the White House was definitely not calm. Political analysts would say it was forceful and crass, something the Biden administration isn’t known for. Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken said, “Upon review of the available information, we are confident that Iran conducted this attack. We are working with our partners to consider our next steps and consulting with governments inside the region and beyond on an appropriate response, which will be forthcoming.”
The UK reaction could be exasperated as it lost one of its own along with a Romanian crew onboard in the drone attack. Without any doubts, Israeli PM Naftali Bennett also feels that it is an “absolute certainty” that Iran carried out the assault against the Liberian-flagged Mercer Street in the Arabian sea.
Iran has been silently playing a game of notoriety at sea as US sanctions have throttled its economy for the longest time. Hampering international trade via water bodies has become the new way to disrupt world order; and no one is is going to allow Tehran to play this game.
Calling it a false allegation again, the Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh denied involvement in the attack to the local media. U.K. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab in a statement said he was working with international partners on a concerted response, calling the attack, “deliberate, targeted, and a clear violation of international law by Iran.”
The Mercer Street received damaged on its super structure killing two crewmembers. According to the US military findings, this was also styled on Iran’s previous attacks where drones are operated by flying them into the targets and then exploding on impact. This attack could have been fatal. The vessel is Japanese-owned and managed by Zodiac Maritime, an international ship management company headquartered in London and led by Israeli shipping magnate Eyal Ofer.