U.S., Iran Make Conflicting Claims on Tanker Attacks


New York, June 13 (Jiji Press)--The United States and Iran made conflicting claims on Thursday's attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman while the U.N. Security Council held a closed-door meeting on the incident on the same day.

"The United States assesses that Iran is responsible for these attacks," Acting U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Jonathan Cohen told reporters after the meeting, which was convened at the request of Washington.

On the other hand, Iran's Permanent Mission to the United Nations released a statement denying the Middle Eastern country's involvement, saying Tehran "categorically rejects the U.S. unfounded claim" regarding the tanker attacks and "condemns it in the strongest possible terms."

Iran is not a member of the Security Council.

No statement was released by the powerful U.N. organ after the closed-door meeting.

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