The US military has released footage which it says shows Irans Revolutionary Guard removing an unexploded mine from an oil tanker that was targeted in an attack in the Gulf of Oman.
In a statement the US said Iranian forces were “observed and recorded removing the unexploded limpet mine from the M/T Kokuka Courageous”.
“The U.S. and our partners in the region will take all necessary measures to defend ourselves and our interests,” the statement said.
“Todays attacks are a clear threat to international freedom of navigation and freedom of commerce.”
Two oil tankers – the Front Altair and Kokuka Courageous – were set on fire in attacks yesterday.
The US has accused Iran of being the perpetrator of the attacks, which the country has denied. Reuters reported that the UK government agrees that Iran was behind the incidents.
The attacks sparked fears of escalating tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia, and follows several attacks on oil tankers last month.