Japan and Germany Demand US Produces Concrete Evidence Iran Attacked Tankers

Grainy videos don't quite cut it for Tokyo and Berlin

“If having expertise sophisticated enough to conduct the attack could be a reason to conclude that the attacker was Iran, “That would apply to the United States and Israel as well,” said a source at the [Japanese] Foreign Ministry”
The Japanese government has been requesting the United States for concrete evidence to back its assertion that Iran is to blame for the attacks on two tankers near the Strait of Hormuz on Thursday, government sources said Sunday.

The request came after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo gave a statement hours after the attacks blaming Iran but without offering proof. The Department of Defense later released a video allegedly showing an Iranian patrol boat removing an unexploded mine attached to the side of the Japanese-operated tanker Kokuka Courageous.

But Japanese government officials remain unconvinced, the sources said. “The U.S. explanation has not helped us go beyond speculation,” said one senior government official.

Japan has been seeking more concrete evidence through various channels, including Foreign Minister Taro Kono who is likely to have made the request during a call with his counterpart on Friday, the sources said.

Pompeo said in a press conference Thursday that the United States’ assessment was based on their “intelligence, the weapons used, the level of expertise needed to execute the operation, recent similar Iranian attacks on shipping, and the fact that no proxy group operating in the area has the resources and proficiency to act with such a high degree of sophistication.”

A source close to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said, “These are not definite proof that it’s Iran.”

“Even if it’s the United States that makes the assertion, we cannot simply say we believe it,” he said.

If having expertise sophisticated enough to conduct the attack could be a reason to conclude that the attacker was Iran, “That would apply to the United States and Israel as well,” said a source at the Foreign Ministry.

The attacks occurred around the time Abe was meeting with Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in Tehran.

“The attacks have severely affected the prime minister’s reputation as he was trying to be a mediator between the United States and Iran,” said the source close to the premier. “It is a serious concern, and making mistakes when determining facts is impermissible.”

The Japanese government has refrained so far from commenting on who is responsible for the attacks.

Source: Japan Today


A video provided by the United States is not sufficient to prove that Iran is behind the attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Friday.

Washington released a video that it said showed Iran’s Revolutionary Guards were behind Thursday’s attacks on the Norwegian-owned Front Altair and the Japanese-owned Kokuka Courageous near the Strait of Hormuz shipping chokepoint.

“The video is not enough. We can understand what is being shown, sure, but to make a final assessment, this is not enough for me,” Maas told reporters during a visit to Oslo.

Source: Reuters

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skinner15
skinner15
3 months ago

Why would anyone believe that a coastguard unit who are removing an explosive device on an oil tanker, must have been the same people who planted it there?

Iran would be negligent if they had left the device onboard and it exploded, causing huge ecological damage along the Iranian coastline, as well as the other coastlines of neighbouring nations.

We all know that the US arms its drones, more likely that the US drone fired at the ship as it passed the Iranian coast, and then waited for the normal assistance that the nearest nation would offer to the stricken ships.

John C Carleton
John C Carleton
3 months ago

The boy who cried wolf once too often.
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Undecider
Undecider
3 months ago

We can’t even get evidence NASA landed on the Moon.

All_has_An _END_.
All_has_An _END_.
3 months ago
Reply to  Undecider

all the pix from the moon landing show a black sky universe lol
how about they cant send people back to the moon with all the advance in technology

jm74
jm74
3 months ago

This is suspicious. Why would 2 dedicated US vassal slaves question their master? Another set up and somehow by a miracle either germany or Japan will produce ‘evidence’.

JustPassingThrough
JustPassingThrough
3 months ago
Reply to  jm74

not a word out of the 3rd vassal state – norway

Séamus Ó Néill
Séamus Ó Néill
3 months ago

If the oxymoron “American intelligence” was not enough to raise questions, surely America’s continuous and recognised use of false flags, sometimes blatantly and not to cleverly executed, and their acknowledged adeptness at perfidy and treachery, would make even the most trusting question their version of anything !

All_has_An _END_.
All_has_An _END_.
3 months ago

This article gives me hope why? because Vassal states are now not going along with the lies of the Empire, A Step in the right direction but most importantly , the world is definitely changing in a sense the Empire is now being challenged at all level

Canosin
Canosin
3 months ago

the decline of the empire is accelerated with every event like this one…. . the warmongering satanic zionists in DC and Tel Aviv are paying the price…..humanity must do the cleansing and clean up thoroughly all strata of zionist power and influence from these roaches and parasites… .

JustPassingThrough
JustPassingThrough
3 months ago

“A limpet mine is a type of naval mine attached to a target by magnets. It is so named because of its superficial similarity to the limpet, a type of sea snail that clings tightly to rocks or other hard surfaces. A swimmer or diver may attach the mine, which is usually designed with hollow compartments to give the mine just slight negative buoyancy, making it easier to handle underwater. Usually limpet mines are set off by a time fuse. They may also have an anti-handling device.

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