Responsibilities Must be Clarified: Says Antonio Guterres on Gulf Oil Tanker Attack

News Bharati    15-Jun-2019

United Nations, June 15: United Nation’s Secretory General Antonio Guterres has pushed for an investigation to establish those responsible for a spate of suspected attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf that has raised fears of war. Guterres said that it was the purview of the Security Council that an independent entity could step in to verify the facts.


While the US has accused Iran of carrying out the attacks, Tehran has denied it. The UN spokesperson said that the UN’s Political Chief Rosemary DiCarlo has discussed the Gulf crisis with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on the sidelines of the Shanghai Co-operation Organization meeting in Bhishek. “It is very important to know the truth. It is very important that responsibilities are clarified. Obviously that can only be done if there is an independent entity that verifies those facts,” said Guterres.

The Japanese and Norwegian-owned oil tankers were struck by explosions in the early daylight hours Thursday after passing through the Strait of Hormuz some 25 nautical miles off Iran’s southern coast. The US Central Command has released footage that purports to show the crew of an Iranian patrol boat removing an object from the hull of the Japanese tanker.