U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken

Blinken vows 'collective response' to Iran on tanker

U.S. Secretary of State calls attack on Israeli-operated vessel - which resulted in death of British security guard and Romanian crewman - 'direct threat to freedom of navigation and commerce'

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Published: 08.02.21, 23:02
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Monday renewed his vow of a "collective response" to Iran, which had warned adversaries against reprisals after Tehran was blamed for an attack on an Israeli-linked tanker.
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  • "We are in very close contact, in coordination, with the United Kingdom, Israel, Romania and other countries. And there will be a collective response," Blinken told reporters.
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    U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken
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    Blinken repeated that the United States had concluded that Iran was behind the drone attack off the coast of Oman on the MT Mercer Street, which is managed by prominent Israeli billionaire Eyal Ofer.
    A British security guard and a Romanian crew member were killed.
    Blinken called the incident a "direct threat to freedom of navigation and commerce" but played down suggestions that it showed a hardening under Ebrahim Raisi, an ultraconservative who is set to be sworn in on Tuesday.
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    ספינת MERCER STREET שהותקפה
    ספינת MERCER STREET שהותקפה
    Damage caused to the MT Mercer Street
    "We have seen a series of actions taken by Iran over many months, including against shipping, so I'm not sure that this particular action is anything new or augurs anything one way or another for the new government," Blinken said.
    "But what it does say is that Iran continues to act with tremendous irresponsibility."
    Blinken's comments follow a statement by UK Prime Minister Borris Johnson Monday that Iran must "face up to the consequences" of its actions.


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