UAE suspects ‘state actor’ behind oil tanker attacks

UAE suspects ‘state actor’ behind oil tanker attacks

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Abu Dhabi, June 7: United Arab Emirates has informed UN Security Council that "state actor" could be behind the May 12 offshore attacks on oil tankers in its territorial waters.

According to its report, it was a "sophisticated and coordinated" operation by a state actor with efficiency of leading such an operation. No casualties were there but two of four ships of Saudi Arabia had suffered "significant" damage, BBC reported.

US National Security Adviser John Bolton had blamed Iran for the operation and stated these attacks to be a part of their well-planned campaign against its allies as one of the vessel was Saudi-flagged, one Norwegian-flagged and an Emirati-flagged.

Iranian foreign ministry clearly denied US's accusations and termed it to be "ludicrous" while accusing Bolton of being a warmonger. While blaming the Tehranian regime for the attacks, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that Iran was trying to raise the price of oil as Washington works to end Iran's exports of crude.

"While investigations are still going on, these facts are strong indications that the four attacks were part of a sophisticated and coordinated operation carried out by an actor with significant operational capacity, most likely a state actor," the countries' joint investigation team said.