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FM spox: Japanese tanker accident suspicious

Tehran, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman described as suspicious the attack on two Japanese oil tankers in Sea of Oman and its coincidence with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's meeting with Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei.

In a message which was released on Twitter, Abbas Mousavi expressed concern over suspicious accidents to Japanese trade tankers in the Sea of Oman that happened at the same time with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe meeting with Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei in Tehran.

He described this act as being in contrast with regional and transregional positions and efforts to deescalate tension.

Mousavi reiterated that Iran supports negotiations and cooperation in the region.

Meanwhile, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said: "Reported attacks on Japanrelated tankers occurred while PM @AbeShinzo was meeting with Ayatollah @khamenei_ir for extensive and friendly talks, suspicious doesn't begin to describe what likely transpired this morning.Iran's proposed Regional Dialogue Forum is imperative.

Earlier, an informed source told IRNA that 44 sailors of the two foreign oil tankers which were hit by explosions in the Sea of Oman this morning have been rescued by an Iranian vessel in coordination with Hormuzgan's maritime search and rescue center.

The sailors have been transported to Jask Port in east of southern Iranian province of Hormuzgan as a result of Iran's humanitarian aid and assistance, the source said.

The two tankers, the Marshal Islandsflagged and the Panamaflagged, were on their way to Taiwan and Singapore from Qatar and Saudi Arabia, respectively, the source said.

Earlier, foreign media had reported that two oil tankers had been hit by explosions in the Sea of Oman.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency IRNA

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