Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyyed Abbas Mousavi has reacted to an attack on the Iranian oil tanker SABITI in the Red Sea.
“The investigations conducted by the National Iranian Tanker Company (NITC) indicate the Iranian tanker has sustained damages after being targeted twice, at half-hourly intervals, from a place near its shipping route in the east of the Red Sea,” Mousavi said on Friday.
He said the oil tanker’s condition is under control, the crew members of the vessel have fortunately not been harmed, and the vessel is at a stable condition.
“Over the past few months, other acts of sabotage have been launched against Iranian oil tankers in the Red Sea,” he said, adding that investigations are being conducted on the culprits behind these acts.
He expressed concern about the pollution caused by the massive oil spill in the region after damages inflicted on the vessel’s tanks, and said, “All the responsibilities for the act, including the extensive environmental pollution in the region, fall on those behind the dangerous adventure.”
The spokesman finally emphasized that a probe has been launched into the details of and culprits behind the dangerous move, and the results will be announced once a conclusion is reached.