Posted on June 14, 2019
US officials also shared a photo of the Japanese tanker, apparently showing the unexploded mine before it was removed.
A Norwegian tanker was also damaged.
The US accused Iran of being behind the mine attacks. Iran said it “categorically rejects” the allegation. The US said the footage showed Iran’s Revolutionary Guard “removing [an] unexploded limpet mine” from the side of the Kokuka Courageous ship more than eight hours after the blasts occurred.
In a statement released on Friday, the Iranian mission to the United Nations said that it condemned the allegation “in the strongest possible terms”. The blasts came a month after four oil tankers were damaged in an attack off the coast of the United Arab Emirates. The US blamed Iran for that attack, but did not produce evidence. Iran denied the accusations.
Oil prices jumped as much as 4% after Thursday’s incident in the Gulf of Oman, which lies at one end of a vital shipping lane through which hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of oil pass every year.