Nobody wants war in the Gulf of Oman, China's foreign ministry said on Friday, calling on all sides to exercise restraint following attacks on oil tankers in those waters, and urging dialogue to resolve differences.
The black-and-white US video of the Iranians alongside the Japanese-owned tanker Kokuka Courageous came after its crew abandoned ship after seeing the undetonated explosive on its hull, said Capt. Bill Urban, a spokesman for the USA military's Central Command.
BERLIN (AP) - Governments and maritime agencies are urging an abundance of caution today for ships operating in the Persian Gulf region after two oil tankers were damaged in suspected attacks near the strategic Strait of Hormuz.
Asked how he planned to address Tehran and prevent any further incidents, Mr Trump told Fox News: "We're going to see".
Iranian military fast-boats in the Gulf of Oman are preventing two privately owned tug boats from towing away an oil tanker damaged in attacks Thursday, a USA official said Friday, speaking on condition of anonymity.
On the other hand, the Iranian mission to United Nations categorically rejected that "the USA unfounded claim" regarding Gulf of Oman tanker attacks.
Both tankers were loaded with petroleum products, and the Front Altair burned for hours, sending up a column of thick, black smoke.
"These accusations are alarming", Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said, adding that blaming Iran for Thursday's attacks was "convenient" for US officials.
Trump did not preview any potential USA response to the attack, saying the US has been "very tough on sanctions".
"At 4:10 p.m. local time an IRGC Gashti Class patrol boat approached the M/T Kokuka Courageous and was observed and recorded removing the unexploded limpet mine from the M/T Kokuka Courageous", USCENTCOM spokesperson Bill Urban said in a statement.
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But Iran's United Nations mission said it had nothing to do with the events.
But it does raise questions about the USA intelligence version of what happened in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday, as tensions rise, it's hard not to ask the simple question of "who benefits?" as we get closer to the war with Iran that senior administration figures covet so badly.
The attacks came as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was in Iran seeking to defuse tensions between Washington and the Islamic Republic. We call on Iran urgently to cease all forms of destabilising activity.
"They've changed a lot since I've been president, I can tell you".
Katada said he did not believe Kokuka Courageous was targeted because it was owned by a Japanese firm.
"My call to our Iranian brothers - be careful and reverse course because you're pushing everybody towards a confrontation that no-one would be safe if it happens", he told reporters. United States defense officials believe that the Iranians were seeking to recover evidence of their involvement in the attack.
The US has accused Iran of being behind the attacks.
Tehran's foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Friday fired back at Washington, accusing the US, Israel and Saudi Arabia of a plot to "sabotage diplomacy", and appeared to insinuate that those countries were behind the assaults.
In abandoning the nuclear deal, Trump said he wanted Iran to curb its nuclear work and development of missiles, as well as halt support for proxy forces in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Yemen.