UN Security Council to discuss deadly tanker attack blamed on Iran

UN Security Council

Britain expected to raise issue at Friday meeting, over a week after a suspected Iranian drone strike amid ongoing shadow war on the seas

By TOI staff and Agencies

The United Nations Security Council will reportedly discuss last week’s deadly attack on an Israeli-linked tanker near Oman amid escalating tensions with Iran, at a closed-door meeting on Friday.

Britain is expected to raise the issue of the July 29 attack on the Liberian-flagged Mercer Street — which left a Romanian and a Briton dead, and was blamed on Iran — at the meeting, diplomats told Reuters on Thursday.

United Kingdom Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said on Wednesday that Britain had written to the head of the UN Security Council, along with Romania and Liberia, to insist that action be taken against Iran over the attack.

“The Council must respond to Iran’s destabilizing actions and lack of respect for international law,” Raab tweeted.

On Tuesday, Israel’s Ambassador to the UN Gilad Erdan sent a letter to the Security Council demanding it urgently address the incidents at sea and condemn Iran over the drone attack on the Mercer Street.

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