U.S. Will Raise Oil Tanker Attacks in Security Council Meeting, Diplomats Say

Acting envoy to UN says 'unacceptable' attacks 'raise very serious concerns'

An oil tanker is seen after it was attacked at the Gulf of Oman, June 13, 2019.
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The United States plans to raise the attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman during a closed-door meeting of the United Nations Security Council later on Thursday, diplomats said.

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“It’s unacceptable for any party to attack commercial shipping and today’s attacks on ships in the Gulf of Oman raise very serious concerns,” acting U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Jonathan Cohen told a council meeting on cooperation between the United Nations and the League of Arab States.

“The U.S. government is providing assistance and will continue to assess the situation,” he said.

The attacks on the two tankers on Thursday sent oil prices over 4% higher a month after four other tankers were damaged by limpet mines in the region.

An investigation blamed limpet mines for last month's attacks on four tankers. Saudi Arabia and the United States blamed Iran for those attacks, a charge Tehran denies.