Tehran calls for caution after oil tanker incident in Gulf of Oman

Iranian statements have been frequent after the attack on two tankers Thursday in the waters of the Gulf of Oman.

"The tension in the region is due to Washington's violation of the nuclear agreement and its economic war against Tehran," Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Jawad Zarif said in a tweet on his official Twitter Web site.

For his part, stressed the Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman, Abbas Moussaoui, that "the incident is contrary to regional and international efforts to defuse tension in the region," stressing that: "Iran supports cooperation and dialogue in the region."

Iranian government spokesman Ali Rabie expressed Iran's concern about the incident. "We express our deep concern and regret at the explosions that hit the oil carriers in the Gulf of Oman," he said.

"All the countries of the region must be careful not to fall into the trap of those who benefit from the instability of the region," he said.

Tehran calls for caution after oil tanker incident in Gulf of Oman Tehran calls for caution after oil tanker incident in Gulf of Oman

Earlier, Iranian media reported that the Frontier oil tanker sank in the Gulf of Oman, while 44 sailors were rescued from the crews of the two ships and taken to the port of Jask in southern Iran.

One of the oil carriers was flying the flag of the Marshall Islands, loaded with ethanol and heading from Qatar to Taiwan. Its crew consisted of 23 sailors. The second tanker, Kokaka Redges, was flying a Panamanian flag loaded with methanol. Its crew consisted of 21 sailors, Heading from Saudi Arabia towards Singapore.

Source: RT

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