U.S. accuses Iran of being behind Saudi tankers' sabotage

'Gulf accidents a well-known script', Zarif says

14 May, 18:15

    Ships sabotaged near UAE territorial waters Ships sabotaged near UAE territorial waters

    NEW YORK - Iran is allegedly behind the sabotage of two Saudi oil tankers, US officials were quoted as saying by the media. Preliminary investigations by US armed forces reportedly indicate that the explosive used against the tankers is Iranian.

    The vessels were sabotaged in UAE international waters and the Emirates asked the US to help in investigations.

    The Iranian parliament instead claimed that the explosion on Sunday of four vessels including cargo ships and tankers off the UAE port of Fujairah was caused by "Israel's malice", according to the spokesman of the parliament speaker's office, Behruz Nemati, quoted by Irna, reporting on the conclusions of the closed-door meeting held today to discuss the incident.

    Iran's official position, added Nemati, is the one expressed yesterday by the foreign ministry that denounced the risks of "malevolent conspiracies" to undermine the region.

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