Oct 16, 2019 16:12 UTC
  • Iran to give harsh response to those behind tanker attack in Red Sea: Security chief

The secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council says the country will give a harsh response to those behind a recent attack on an Iranian tanker in the Red Sea.

“We will give a response that will make those behind the attack on the Iranian vessel and seek to create a new wave of tension in the region regret their act,” Ali Shamkhani said.

He described insecurity in international waterways as a contributory factor in creating crises in the region.

The senior Iranian official made the remarks during a meeting with Alexander Lavrentiev, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s envoy for Syria, in Tehran on Wednesday.

The Sabiti oil tanker, owned by the National Iranian Tanker Company (NITC), was hit by two separate explosions about 60 miles (96 km) from the Saudi port city of Jeddah on Friday. The blasts caused an oil spill that was stopped shortly afterwards. 

Elsewhere in his remarks, the Iranian official also warned of a secretive plan by the United States to revive the terrorist group of Daesh and foment insecurity in West Asia.

Shamkhani underlined the need for regional countries to remain vigilant and adopt coordinated measures to prevent plots that could create insecurity and instability in the region.

Stressing that any double standard towards terrorism is unacceptable, Shamkhani said solving tensions in Syria’s embattled northwestern province of Idlib must be among the top priorities in the fight against terrorism.

He also voiced Iran’s opposition to the ongoing Turkish offensive in Syria, and called for an end to it.

“Any measure that can fuel insecurity and aggravate tension in the region should be immediately halted,” he said.

Shamkhani rejected any military solution to regional conflicts, including the Syria crisis and the Yemen war, and described diplomacy and talks between warring sides as the only way out of the crises.

He said any act of military aggression against regional countries would contribute to the policies of the US and Israel to increase insecurity in the region.