Iran concerned about oil tanker attacked in Oman Sea : FM spox

TEHRAN, Jun. 13 (MNA) – In a tweet on Thursday, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abbas Mousavi expressed Iran's concern about what happened to the two large oil tankers in the Sea of Oman on Thursday, which was simultaneous with the meeting between Japanese PM with the Leader of the Islamic Revolution.

“Iran expresses worry about today’s suspicious incident for the oil tankers affiliated to Japan, which occurred simultaneous with the meeting between the Japanese Prime Minister and the Leader of the Islamic Revolution,” he wrote, “and regards the event in contrast with regional and trans-regional orientations and efforts made to reduce tensions in the region.”

As reported, Islamic Republic of Iran Navy dispatched forces, rescue ships and helicopters to help the two large oil tankers which have been attacked by explosions in the Sea of Oman.

Due to the request of International Convention on Maritime Search and Rescue, Iranian Navy sent its forces, rescue ships and helicopters to the location and was successful in providing a significant aid to the trapped crew.

Iran’s Al-Alam television network cited local sources in Oman as saying that two successive explosions were heard in the Sea of Oman on Thursday morning.

The sources said the blasts were caused by attacks on the tankers, according to the report.

Local Pakistani sources also said the tankers had sent distress calls to the sea’s littoral states, the report added.

Reuters, citing four shipping and trade sources, said two tankers — identified as the Marshal Islands-flagged Front Altair and the Panama-flagged Kokuka — had been hit in suspected attacks in the Gulf of Oman, and that the crew had been evacuate from the vessels.

The crew were safe, the sources added.

According to Bloomberg Following the attack Brent oil crude jumped as much as 4.5% and was trading at $61.60 a barrel at 11:16 a.m. in Dubai.

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