U.S. Releases "Smoking Gun" Video over Tanker Attacks


Washington, June 14 (Jiji Press)--The U.S. Central Command has released a video showing a possible attempt by Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps to cover up evidence of Thursday's attacks on Japanese and Norwegian tankers around the Strait of Hormuz.

The 99-second video shows that an IRGC patrol boat approached the Japanese tanker, operated by Tokyo-based Kokuka Sangyo Co., about nine hours after an explosion occurred on the motor tanker, the Kokuka Courageous, according to a statement by the U.S. command.

The IRGC boat left the Kokuka Courageous after its crew removed an unexploded limpet mine from the tanker, the U.S. command claimed.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters in Washington on Thursday that Iran was "responsible for the attacks."

"This is only the latest in a series of attacks instigated by the Islamic Republic of Iran and its surrogates against American and allied interests," Pompeo said.

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