US, UK, and Israel blame Iran for fatal drone attack on oil tanker

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US, UK, and Israel blame Iran for fatal drone attack on oil tanker
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US, UK, and Israel blame Iran for fatal drone attack on oil tanker
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The U.S. joined the U.K. and Israel in blaming Iran for the drone attack that killed two crew members of the oil tanker Mercer Street off the coast of Oman last week.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken in a statement Sunday said the U.S. is “confident” Iran conducted the attack, which killed a U.K. national and a Romanian national last Thursday. Blinken said Iran is increasingly employing the “lethal capability” of one-way explosive drones in the region.

The Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has denied responsibility for the attack.

The U.S. is working with partners to consider next steps and consulting with governments on an appropriate response, according to the statement from the State Department.

On Monday, both the U.K. and Romania summoned the Iranian ambassadors to London and Bucharest respectively to discuss the attack on the Mercer Street.

A U.S. defense official said there had been an unsuccessful attack attempted the day before that was then followed by the attack on Thursday that killed the two crew members.

The U.S. Navy responded to an emergency distress call after the attack. The USS Ronald Reagan and the guided missile destroyer USS Mitscher escorted the ship to safety. U.S. Navy explosives experts were on board, U.S. Central Command said in a statement on Friday.

You can read the rest of Eleanor Watson’s article at CBSnews.com

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