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U.S. Says Video Shows Iran Was Involved in an Attack on Tanker


Added 06-14-19 02:04:02am EST - “An Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps patrol boat "was observed and recorded removing the unexploded limpet mine from the Kokuka Courageous," one of two tankers attacked on Thursday, according to Navy Captain Bill Urban of the U.S.…” - Finance.yahoo.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Finance.yahoo.com: “U.S. Says Video Shows Iran Was Involved in an Attack on Tanker”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

(Bloomberg) -- American officials released images they said show that Iran was involved in an attack on an oil tanker near the entrance to the Persian Gulf on Thursday, one of a pair of incidents that have raised tensions between the U.S. and the Islamic Republic over the past day.

An Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps patrol boat “was observed and recorded removing the unexploded limpet mine from the Kokuka Courageous,” one of two tankers attacked on Thursday, according to Navy Captain Bill Urban of the U.S. Central Command. That was after another mine had already detonated, damaging the ship, the U.S. said.

The video and photographs showing a boat alongside the hull of a larger vessel with a hole in its side were released by Central Command along with a timeline of the episode.

Adding to the intrigue, Yutaka Katada, the president of tanker operator Kokuka Sangyo, said Friday in Tokyo that the Kokuka Courageous crew saw a projectile hit the ship and believed it was unlikely the vessel was hit by a mine. The company couldn’t say whether the ship was attacked by Iran or whether an Iranian vessel removed a mine, another company official said.

The video was the first evidence publicly put forward by the U.S. to support its claim -- announced earlier on Thursday by Secretary of State Michael Pompeo -- that Iran was behind the attacks. Iranian officials have rejected the accusation.

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