Iran is denying they had anything to do with the torpedoing of two oil tankers on Thursday, but the US has released video showing members of the Iranian military, retrieving an unexploded shell from the hull of one of the ships.
If they weren’t theirs, why would they be so brazen in retrieving it? There would be no need. Both ships suffered explosions and forced the crews of both tankers to abandon ship. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has declared that Iran was responsible for the attack.
John Kerry’s and Dianne Feinstein’s BFF Javad Zarif, the Foreign Minister, who has met with Kerry and communicated on the phone with Feinstein claims the US s framing Iran.
Centcom spokesman Lt. Col. Earl Brown said the U.S. Navy had responded immediately to the initial threat in the Gulf of Oman:
U.S. Naval Forces in the region received two separate distress calls at 6:12 a.m. local time and a second one at 7:00 a.m. U.S. Naval Forces Central Command received the calls from the M/V Front Altair and M/V Kokuka Courageous, who were operating in international waters of the Gulf of Oman.
USS Bainbridge (DDG 96) was operating in the vicinity and provided immediate assistance to the M/V Kokuka Courageous. Twenty-one mariners from the M/V Kokuka Courageous, who abandoned ship, are currently aboard USS Bainbridge. A Navy P-8 is also providing support.
Iran has rejected the U.S. accusation against it as “baseless”. In a tweet posted early Friday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif accused the U.S. of “immediately” jumping to make allegations against Tehran without “a shred of factual or circumstantial evidence”.
The attack made it “abundantly clear that the #B_Team is moving to a #PlanB: Sabotage diplomacy — including by @AbeShinzo — and cover up its #Economic Terrorism against Iran”.