Tanker attack won't affect Japan's energy supply: Industry minister

[Original Post] FILE PHOTO – Japan’s Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Hiroshige Seko leaves the European Commission headquarters after a meeting on steel overcapacity, in Brussels, Belgium March 10, 2018. REUTERS/Francois Walschaerts TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Industry Minister Hiroshige Seko said on Friday an attack on two tankers in the Gulf of Oman will […]

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FILE PHOTO – Japan’s Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Hiroshige Seko leaves the European Commission headquarters after a meeting on steel overcapacity, in Brussels, Belgium March 10, 2018. REUTERS/Francois Walschaerts

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Industry Minister Hiroshige Seko said on Friday an attack on two tankers in the Gulf of Oman will not affect Japanese energy supply, although the ministry issued a warning to Japanese energy companies after the incident.

Speaking at a news conference, Seko declined to comment on remarks by U.S. officials blaming Iran for the attacks, saying Japan is still investigating details of the incident.

Two tankers, one operated by a Japanese shipping company, were attacked in the Gulf on Thursday. The United States blamed Iran for the attacks, raising concerns about a new U.S.-Iranian confrontation and driving up oil prices. Tehran denied involvement.

Reporting by Yuka Obayashi; editing by Richard Pullin

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