Iran previously referred to Saviz as aiding aid in the effort. “Anti-piracy” in the Red Sea and Bab el-Mandeb Strait, which is the focus of international shipping. A statement by Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh described the vessel as a commercial vessel.
“Fortunately, no deaths have been reported … and a technical investigation is ongoing,” Khatibzadeh said. “Our country will take all necessary measures through international authorities.”
In an earlier state TV statement, the broadcaster cited a New York Times story, referring to an unnamed US official, telling the newspaper that Israel informed America to attack the ship on Tuesday morning. Israeli officials declined to comment on the attack as accessed by The Associated Press, as did Saviz̵7;s owners.
Israel’s Defense Minister Benny Gantz, while declined to say whether his country had opened the attack, described Iran and its regional allies as a major threat.
“Israel has to keep defending itself,” Gantz told reporters. “Wherever we meet challenges and operational needs, we will continue to do so.”
Iran’s semi-official Tasnim news agency, believed to be close to the Guard, reported that a mine planted on Saviz’s ship caused an explosion. Mines are a type of landmines that are normally attached to the sides of a ship. It later explodes and can cause massive damage to the ship. Iran has not blamed anyone for the attacks and said Iranian officials likely offer more information in the coming days.
In a statement, the US Army Central Command said it merely acknowledged media reports of the incident involving Saviz and that U.S. forces were not involved.
At the United Nations, spokesman Stephane Dujarric expressed concern over Saviz’s incident and called on “concerned parties, including countries in the region, to exercise utmost restraint and refrain from taking any escalating action and in particular respect. Their obligations under international law & rdquo;
On Wednesday Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called the Vienna talks a “Successful” while speaking to the cabinet.
“Today a unified statement was heard that all parties concluded that there is no better solution than this one,” he said.
A European diplomat with knowledge of the negotiations spoke anonymously to discuss a closed meeting in Vienna, acknowledging that external events could affect the negotiations.
“We hope that every action, whether it comes from (Nuclear deal) or outsiders will not undermine the dynamics, ”he said.