Blinken urges UN to carry Iran accountable for Mercer Street assault

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Monday known as on the United Nations to carry Iran accountable for a deadly drone strike final month within the Arabian Sea, warning that failure to take action would “fuel their sense of impunity.”

“We are confident that Iran conducted this unjustified attack, which is part of a pattern of attacks and other provocative behavior,” Blinken stated throughout a digital UN Security Council session on maritime safety.  

Last week, the United States and the remainder of the Group of Seven main industrial nations stated all proof means that Iran was behind the drone strike on the Mercer Street tanker, which was en path to the United Arab Emirates from Tanzania when it got here below assault July 29. Israel has additionally blamed its archrival Iran for the strike on the Liberian-flagged vessel, which is managed by a London-based firm owned by Israeli billionaire Eyal Ofer.

A US navy investigation concluded final week that Iranian-produced drones struck the Mercer Street. US Central Command stated Friday that the parts of the drones examined by US Navy explosive consultants had been “nearly identical” to beforehand recovered Iranian fashions. Chemical checks revealed a nitrate-based explosive was used within the assault, “indicating the [unmanned aerial vehicle] had been rigged to trigger damage and destruction,” CENTCOM said. 

“It is on all of our nations to hold accountable those responsible. Failing to do so will only fuel their sense of impunity and embolden others inclined to disregard the maritime order,” Blinken told the 15-member body Monday. 

Iran denies involvement in the strike off the coast of Oman, which killed the Romanian captain of the ship and a British security guard. The Mercer Street attack came days before suspected Iranian hijackers boarded the Panama-flagged Asphalt Princess off the coast of the UAE. 

The United States had previously pledged to coordinate a “collective response” to the attack. Last week, British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab stated the United Kingdom, Romania and Liberia had written to the UN Security Council urging a response to Iran’s “destabilizing actions and lack of respect for international law.”

In his first cellphone name with a Western chief, Iran’s new hard-line President Ebrahim Raisi advised French President Emmanuel Macron that Tehran is “is very serious about providing security and preserving deterrence in the Persian Gulf and Sea of Oman,” based on the Iranian readout of the decision.


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