1) IRAN SAYS IT IS IN CHARGE OF SECURITY OF STRAIT OF HORMUZ
Iran disclosed it was responsible for maintaining the security of the Strait of Hormuz in the Gulf, adding that blaming Tehran for attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman was alarming.
The United States blamed Iran for attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman that drove up oil prices and raised concern about a new U.S.-Iranian confrontation.
It was not immediately clear what caused the explosions that forced the crews to abandon ship and leave both the Norwegian-owned Front Altair and Japanese-owned Kokuka Courageous adrift in waters between Gulf Arab states and Iran.
The blasts, south of the Strait of Hormuz, followed last month’s sabotage attacks on vessels off the Fujairah emirate, one of the world’s largest bunkering hubs.
Iran has distanced itself from the attacks.
2) U.S. ALLEGATIONS OVER TANKER ATTACKS PART OF ‘SABOTAGE DIPLOMACY’
Iran’s foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif stated that the U.S. allegations against Iran over the Gulf of Oman tanker attacks were part of “sabotage diplomacy” adopted by a so-called B Team, which he has said includes U.S. national security adviser John Bolton.
Zarif has repeatedly said that Bolton, an ardent Iran hawk, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman could goad U.S. President Donald Trump into a conflict with Tehran.
3) XI SAYS CHINA WILL PROMOTE STEADY TIES WITH IRAN
Chinese President Xi Jinping told Iran’s president that China will promote steady development of ties with Iran no matter how the situation changes.
The official Xinhua news agency said, Xi made the comment in a meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.
The United States blamed Iran for attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman that drove up oil prices and raised concerns about a new U.S.-Iranian confrontation, though Tehran has denied the allegation.