Heiko Maas: we seek more information on Oman oil tanker attacks

UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt

UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt

"Our crew remain on board the Kokuka Courageous". "Iran is in many ways a rational actor and it does not want to see a conflict here".

The latest escalation came after two tankers were hit in the Gulf of Oman.

One group part was marginally harmed, and the episode brought about harm to the ship's body, the organization said.

"The discussions are centering on the mission of deterrence and defence against Iranian aggression and what specific forces would be needed to conduct that mission", said the report. "Until further information is received regarding the cause of the explosion and the security of this important shipping lane is secured, Frontline will exercise extreme caution when considering new contracts in the region and the company will consider all possible measures to insure the safety of our vessels now operating in the area".

The rising tensions have raised fears of an outbreak of hostilities in the tinderbox region.

The attacks have escalated tensions between the United States and Iran.

In response, the Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani said Sunday it was the US who carried out the attacks.

For other states seeking to play a backchannel role between the U.S. and Iran-such as Germany, Iraq, Oman, Qatar, Russia, and Switzerland-Abe's experience is yet just another reminder of how hard it is to help bridge the gap between the White House and Iran's leaders. He said the attack had "Iran written all over it" and the Islamic Republic "did do it". "The threat to crews and ships is high".

BIMCO recommended measures such as increased onboard patrols, notably in non-restricted areas of vessels.

The US blamed the incident on Iran, they were supported by the United Kingdom and Saudi Arabia.

Six tankers have been attacked in the Gulf in recent weeks.

Daily earnings for very large crude carriers jumped almost 16% on the day to $16,000 on the back of better performance out of the Middle East Gulf, Clarksons noted on Friday. "First inspections are under way and no hot spots have been identified following the fire", the vessel's owners said in a statement Sunday.

"Frontline will exercise extreme caution when considering new contracts in the region", the company stated. We have got videos of what happened.

Asked if the USA had a credibility problem with allies anxious Trump could be seeking a pretext to move against Iran, the secretary of state said, "We're not selling anything".

Iran said it was in charge of security in the Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz and urged USA forces to leave the region.

Other nations have urged caution.

The U.S. military also accused the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps of trying to shoot down an American drone. China and the European Union called for restraint.

Trump previous year withdrew the U.S. from an global agreement, signed in 2015 by President Barack Obama, to limit Iran's nuclear program.

"Salman's charges against Iran in various situations are a continuation of Riyadh's misguided approach and attempts to escape the problems brought on by their own policies", Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said, according to state TV.

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