Iran’s government has denied being behind the November 15 drone attack on an oil tanker owned by an Israeli millionaire as it sailed through the Gulf of Oman, after the United States and Israel pointed to Tehran as responsible.
“Falsely accusing Iran is a well-known position of the United States, the Zionist regime and some allies of these countries,” said Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Naser Kanani, according to the Iranian Mehr news agency.
“The Zionist regime has many enemies in the region and the world for its long record of crimes against governments and nations in the region, so it is natural that it would be attacked by those whose rights were violated by such a violent regime,” he said.
However, Kanani has stressed that “the US accusations (against Iran) in this regard are totally rejected,” after US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan pointed directly to Iran as responsible.
For their part, Israeli military sources told the DPA agency that the Israeli authorities also consider that Tehran is behind the attack on the oil tanker, an act that, they say, follows the line of Iran’s destabilizing aspirations in the region.
The attacked ship, the ‘Pacific Zircon’, flying the Liberian flag and owned by Israeli millionaire Idan Ofer, was transiting the Gulf of Oman when it was hit by an unmanned aircraft, an event that resulted in material damage but no casualties.