Saudi Arabia claims it wants to help Iranian damaged tanker
Saudi Arabia claimed it received a distress message on Friday from a damaged Iranian tanker in the Red Sea but the Iranian vessel kept moving and switched off its transponder before it could provide assistance.
Iran Press/Middle East: Sabiti tanker did not respond to many communications from the Saudi authorities. Saudi Arabia was committed to the security and safety of navigation and international laws, state news agency SPA claimed on Saturday.
Chief Executive of the National Iranian Tanker Company (NITC) Nasrollah Sardashti said that no country helped Iranian oil tanker in the Red Sea after the accident happened for the tanker.
According to the National Iranian Oil Company Public Relations and International Affairs Department, the Iranian oil tanker SANITY owned by the National Oil Company, has been hit this morning in two separate explosions, possibly in the 60 miles of the Saudi Arabian port of Jeddah at 5:00 pm and 5:20 pm.
The Iranian government spokesman said the attack on an Iranian oil tanker in the Red Sea is an evil act that seems to have been carried out by suspicious perpetrators who are making every effort to raise regional tensions.
The Iranian Government Spokesman, Ali Rabie, in a note published in Iranian media stated that at a time when our region needs peace and tranquility to heal wounds of long conflicts, there are individuals, groups and governments whose survival depends on aggression against others, profiting from warmongering and not tolerating the smallest hopes of reconciliation and peace.
"They do not miss any opportunity to raise tensions. The latest of these evil acts was the attack on an Iranian oil tanker in the Red Sea, and it seems the suspicious people behind the attack want to stoke regional tensions," he added.
Also, Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi slammed Friday's rocket attack to the Iranian oil tanker in the Red Sea.
Seyyed Abbas Mousavi said that the Iranian vessel and its crew are currently in stable condition.
"Investigations indicate that the oil tanker has been targeted two times in half an hour interval from the eastern Red Sea," Mousavi said, adding that fortunately crew on board are safe and the situation is under control. 101/205