Saudi Arabia Asks For ‘Decisive’ Action Over Tanker Attacks

Saudi Arabia along with the United Arab Emirates called for the swift international response to secure their energy supplies in the Gulf region following the on two tankers in a critical oil shipping route that fuels tensions.

Donald Trump administration has accused Tehran of the attacks, but Iran has refused allegation of behind the explosions on oil tanker calling the accusations “dangerous” and “ridiculous”.

Khalid al-Falih, Energy Minister of Saudi Arabia said on Saturday, “there must be a rapid and decisive response to the threat” because explosion has been affected energy supplies, consumer confidence and market stability in the Gulf area, his ministry posted tweeted.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) also urged world powers to play a considerable role to secure maritime traffic and energy supplies.

Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the United Arab Emirates, stated at a summit in Bulgaria, “The international community must cooperate to secure international navigation and access to energy,”.

A gritty video footage was released on Friday by the United States military that unveiled Iranian security forces removing an unexploded mine from one of the tankers, Kokuka Courageous, hours after the suspected attacks.

However, Tehran authorities called the video nothing to prove anything and that the Islamic Republic was being made a scapegoat.

Patrick Shanahan, who is serving US as acting Secretary of Defense said that they will be sharing further fresh updates regarding Iran’s wrongdoing according to their objective.

Shanahan said, “The more information that we can declassify, the more information we can share, we will. And that’s our intent,”

Washington released the black-and-white footage just after the Secretary of State Mike Pompeo statement that American intelligence agencies had learned that Iran was behind the attacks, without presenting solid evidence.

On another side, US President Donald Trump said during an interview with Fox News on Friday, “Iran did do it”.

Mr. Trump was on the Fox and Friends show, described, “You know they did it because you saw the boat. I guess one of the mines didn’t explode and it’s probably got essentially Iran written all over it.”