11 October 2019 - 13:21
  • News Code: 294231
Spox Reacts to Iran Oil Tanker Blast

TEHRAN (Shana) – The spokesman of the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed concern over the environmental pollution caused by oil leakage of a blast-hit Iranian tanker in the Red Sea.

SABITI, an Iranian oil tanker owned by NITC, was hit by two blasts at 5 and 5:20 a.m. local time 60 miles off Jeddah Port, Saudi Arabia on Friday.
The blasts damaged the ship on its main storage tank.

NITC has said in a statement that the blasts were probably caused by missile strikes on the Iranian vessel.

Abbas Mousavi said the responsibility for this action, including the severe environmental pollution created in the area, falls on those who embarked on this hazardous adventure.

He said investigations of the National Iranian Tanker Company (NITC) show that Iranian ship was located near the passage corridor east of the Red Sea and was targeted and damaged twice by missiles, about half an hour away.

Mousavi, referring to the tanker being under control, said: "Fortunately, the tanker’s crew have not been harmed and the vessel is in stable condition.”

The spokesman for the Foreign Ministry noted: “In the past few months, some other destructive measures have also been taken against Iranian tankers in the Red Sea, with investigations into their sources being under way.”

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