UN Security Council mulls attacks on oil tankers

NEW YORK, At a US request, the UN Security Council on Thursday held a closed-door meeting to debate the attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman.

US State Secretary Mike Pompeo has accused Iran of perpetrating the attacks, and said he instructed US Ambassador to the UN Jonathan Cohen to raise the issue in the Security Council meeting. Addressing the meeting, Cohen said, “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.” “The United States is providing assistance and will continue to assess the situation,” he added. Earlier today, the Security Council was meeting, under Kuwait’s presidency, on cooperation between the UN and the Arab League. In his address to the meeting in the wake of the attacks, Kuwait’s Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah denounced the attacks as a new episode of a series of acts of sabotage.

He said the attacks jeopardized the international security and peace and posed a grave threat to navigation.

On a similar note, UN Secretary General Antonio Gutters strongly condemned the attacks and urged forming a fact-finding committee in order to determine the culprits.

Source: Kuwait News Agency