Japanese ship owner disputes US account of Gulf of Oman attack

Japanese ship owner disputes US account of Gulf of Oman attack

Two ’flying objects’ damaged a tanker in an attack on Thursday in the Gulf of Oman, the Japanese shipping company said on Friday. The company, Kokuka Sangyo, denied any possibility of mines because the damage was above the ship’s waterline. This contradicts what the US military said as it released a video, allegedly showing Iranian forces removing an unexploded mine from one of the two ships.

KCooper
KCooper
Robert
Robert 8 months

This one does stink. 1. Most damning is the idea that you would use a drone to attach mine. If you are already going through the trouble, why not just put an explosive on the drone or better yet, use an ASM. 2. Why would Iran attack Japanese vessel on the same day that the Japanese PM is visiting them? Reasons I can see: -Iran attacked the ship in order to drive up fuel prices in the US causing economic damage. -US cohesion is low right now. Creating a "bad guy" will promote unity in the US -A regional 3ed party actor is trying to goad the US into conflict with Iran.

Avi Khait
Avi Khait 8 months

"The first thing to note is that the regime has repeatedly said that it would do exactly that, using the old if-not-us-then-nobody argument. Since the U.S.’s tightening of sanctions has squeezed Iranian oil exports, nobody else’s should be allowed to pass through waters within reach of the IRGC. ... There is another rationale. If Iran does eventually agree to negotiate with the U.S., it will want to bring some bargaining chips to the table – something it can exchange for the removal of sanctions." Bloomberg: Gulf of Oman Tanker Attacks: Iran's Strategy. https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2019-06-14/gulf-of-oman-tanker-attacks-iran-s-strategy

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