President Joe Biden came into office promising Americans that he would ease tensions with Iran. But recent events suggest that those efforts have failed horribly.
As the Washington Examiner reports, top officials in both the United States and the United Kingdom are now blaming the outlaw state for an attack on Thursday that left two people dead.
“Two innocent people”
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken issued a statement Sunday claiming that Iran had orchestrated a drone strike on an oil tanker in the Arabian Sea that reportedly left both a Romanian citizen and a British citizen dead.
“Upon review of the available information, we are confident that Iran conducted this attack, which killed two innocent people, using one-way explosive UAVs, a lethal capability it is increasingly employing throughout the region,” Blinken declared.
“There is no justification for this attack, which follows a pattern of attacks and other belligerent behavior,” the secretary of state added.
He went on: “These actions threaten freedom of navigation through this crucial waterway, international shipping and commerce, and the lives of those on the vessels involved.”
“Unlawful and callous attack”
Blinken’s British counterpart offered words of denunciation as well, with U.K. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab putting out a statement of his own the same day.
In it, Raab said that his country “condemns the unlawful and callous attack committed on a merchant vessel off the coast of Oman, which killed a British and a Romanian national.”
“Iran must end such attacks, and vessels must be allowed to navigate freely in accordance with international law,” he insisted. “The U.K. is working with our international partners on a concerted response to this unacceptable attack.”
Vow to cool tensions comes up short
As the Examiner explained, the vessel in question operated out of Japan, but is owned by an Israeli shipping company known as Zodiac Maritime.
Fox News reported late last year that then-President-elect Biden had promised to “offer Tehran a credible path back to diplomacy” and work to reinstate the Obama administration’s controversial nuclear agreement.
However, relations with the Islamic Republic have since proven challenging, with the United States launching airstrikes last month against Iranian-backed forces in Syria, Fox reported separately.