Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman on Tuesday evening reiterated Tehran’s firm commitment to regional stability and maritime security while reacting to “suspicious” reports on marine incidents in the Persian Gulf and the adjacent regions.
Commenting on certain news about a series of security incidents for the ships in the Persian Gulf and its nearby regions, Saeed Khatibzadeh said in a tweeted message, “Reported ‘incidents’ in the Persian Gulf and broader region appear utterly suspicious.
“Reaffirming our strong commitment to regional stability and maritime security, Iran stands ready to offer assistance in case of maritime accidents.”
The spokesman made the remarks after, in an earlier statement, he had referred to the incoming reports on the successive security incidents for ships in the Persian Gulf and the Sea of Oman as very suspicious and warned against creating any false accusation and smear campaign in line with certain political purposes.
He further voiced Iran's naval forces readiness “to provide marine support, if needed, to the ships passing through [waters of] the region" and stressed that in case of "any problems in [their] navigation systems, Iran is ready to help and closely examine the case."
Khatibzadeh also said that Iran is ready to cooperate with the regional countries to assure maritime security.
On Thursday a deadly attack was carried out on an Israeli-managed tanker off the coast of Oman killing two crew members, a Briton and a Romanian.
The United States and Britain joined Israel in blaming Tehran for the strike by releasing separate statements against Iran.
They said they would work with their partners to respond to the attack on the Mercer Street, a Liberian-flagged, Japanese-owned petroleum product tanker managed by Israeli-owned Zodiac Maritime.
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett had accused Tehran of "trying to shirk responsibility" for the attack" and the Zionist regime’s foreign minister said on Sunday that the incident deserved a harsh response.
Iran rejected the accusations and vowed a decisive response to any possible "adventurism".
Reacting to the incident, Russian Foreign Ministry's Second Asian Department Director Zamir Kabulov told Sputnik News Agency on Tuesday, "There are no indications that prove Iran's involvement in the attack."
"We have not the slightest reason to believe [that Iran was involved in the attack] as we have no facts. When there are facts, then we will work out our position," Kabulov said.