Saudi crown prince blames Iran for tanker attacks, threatens action

 Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) has accused Iran of attacking two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman, and warned that while the kingdom does not seek war, “we won’t hesitate” to tackle any threats to the kingdom. The prince also blamed “Iran and its proxies” for the May 12 attacks on four tankers anchored opposite the UAE port of Fujairah. In an interview with London daily Asharq al-Awsat, published on Sunday, MbS said: “The Iranian regime did not respect the presence of the Japanese prime minister as a guest in Tehran and responded to his [diplomatic] efforts by attacking two tankers, one of which was Japanese.”

Saudi Arabia’s energy minister, Khalid al-Falih, called for a “swift and decisive” response to threats against energy supplies after Thursday’s “terrorist acts.”

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