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Blinken vows no ‘impunity’ for Iran over attack on Israeli-linked ship

In this file photo taken on August 2, 2021, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks during a briefing at the State Department in Washington. (Brendan Smialowski/Pool/AFP)
In this file photo taken on August 2, 2021, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks during a briefing at the State Department in Washington. (Brendan Smialowski/Pool/AFP)

UNITED NATIONS — US Secretary of State Antony Blinken renewed vows to punish Iran for allegedly attacking a tanker, saying the world cannot allow “impunity.”

Speaking today to a virtual Security Council session on maritime security, Blinken says the explosions in late July on the Israeli-linked MT Mercer Street were “part of a pattern of attacks and other provocative behavior.”

“It is on all of our nations to hold accountable those responsible. Failing to do so will only fuel their sense of impunity and embolden others inclined to disregard the maritime order,” he says.

Two crew members, from Britain and Romania, died in the blasts which the US military said were caused by drones built by Iran.

Iran has denied responsibility for the blast but analysts have described the operation as part of a shadow war between Iran and Israel which includes strikes on Tehran-linked sites in Syria.

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