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US allegations over tanker attacks part of ‘sabotage diplomacy’, says Iran

Iran's foreign minister said the US allegations against Iran over the Gulf of Oman tanker attacks were part of "sabotage diplomacy" adopted by a so-called B Team, which he has said includes US national security adviser John Bolton.

By: Reuters | Dubai | Updated: June 14, 2019 9:16:26 am
US allegations over tanker attacks part of 'sabotage diplomacy', says Iran An oil tanker is seen after it was attacked at the Gulf of Oman, June 13, 2019. (ISNA/Handout via Reuters)

Iran’s foreign minister said on Friday that the US allegations against Iran over the Gulf of Oman tanker attacks were part of “sabotage diplomacy” adopted by a so-called B Team, which he has said includes US national security adviser John Bolton.

“That the US immediately jumped to make allegations against Iran—w/o a shred of factual or circumstantial evidence—only makes it abundantly clear that the #B_Team is moving to a #PlanB: Sabotage diplomacy—including by @AbeShinzo—and cover up its #EconomicTerrorism against Iran,” Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted.

Also read | US blames Iran for tanker attacks in Gulf of Oman

Zarif has repeatedly said that Bolton, an ardent Iran hawk, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman could goad US President Donald Trump into a conflict with Tehran.

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