U.S. Navy finds evidence suggesting Iran explosives used in tanker attack

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UPDATED 10:33 AM PT — Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Iran has assured that it is not seeking war with the U.S. In a statement Wednesday, the secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Council — Ali Shamkhani — said there would be “no military confrontation between Iran and America since there is no reason for a war.”

He was referencing the recent fallout over a series of explosive strikes on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman. The official also claimed it has become “common practice” for the White House to blame Tehran for similar incidents. Many officials in the administration have placed blame on Iran for the attacks, and both the U.K. and Saudi Arabia have also said the Iranian government had a hand in the strikes.

This comes as the U.S. Navy says it has uncovered new evidence suggesting Iran was behind the oil tanker attacks.

A U.S. Navy patrol boat carrying journalists to see damaged oil tankers leaves a U.S. Navy 5th Fleet base near Fujairah, United Arab Emirates, Wednesday, June 19, 2019. The limpet mines used to attack a Japanese-owned oil tanker near the Strait of Hormuz bore “a striking resemblance” to similar mines displayed by Iran, a U.S. Navy explosives expert said Wednesday. Iran has denied being involved. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

During a press briefing Wednesday, experts said damage to the Japanese oil tanker in the Gulf of Oman is consistent with Iran mine explosives. They also discovered a magnet allegedly left over by the Iranian military after it recovered an unexploded mine from the ship’s hull. According to the Navy’s report, the mines used in the strike resemble those used by the Iranian military.

“The attack occurring on the motor vessel Kokuka Courageous was a result of limpet mines. The limpet mine that was used does bear a striking resemblance to that which has been publicly displayed in the Iranian military parades.”

— Cmdr. Sean Kido, explosives expert – U.S. Navy

Investigators said they uncovered “biometric” evidence, including finger prints, to help build a criminal case against those responsible.