UK maritime group urges ‘extreme caution’ after unspecified incident in Gulf of Oman

[Original Post] A U.K. maritime safety group warned early Thursday of an unspecified incident in the Gulf of Oman, urging “extreme caution” amid U.S.-Iran tensions. The United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations — an arm of the British Navy — put out the alert early on Thursday but did not elaborate on what it was investigating. The […]

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A U.K. maritime safety group warned early Thursday of an unspecified incident in the Gulf of Oman, urging “extreme caution” amid U.S.-Iran tensions.

The United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations — an arm of the British Navy — put out the alert early on Thursday but did not elaborate on what it was investigating.

The incident comes as Iranian media claimed — without offering any evidence — that two oil tankers had been targeted in the Gulf of Oman.

FILE: The Norwegian-flagged oil tanker MT Andrea Victory off the coast of Fujairah, United Arab Emirates. 

FILE: The Norwegian-flagged oil tanker MT Andrea Victory off the coast of Fujairah, United Arab Emirates.  ((United Arab Emirates National Media Council via AP)

Cmdr. Joshua Frey, a spokesman for the U.S. Navy’s Bahrain-based 5th Fleet, said he was “aware” of a reported incident in the area but declined to elaborate

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The timing was especially sensitive as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was visiting Iran on a high-stakes diplomacy mission.

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On Wednesday, after talks with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Abe warned that any “accidental conflict” that could be sparked amid the heightened U.S.-Iran tensions must be avoided.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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