Iran almost certainly behind Fujairah attack: Bolton

May 29, 2019, 4:44 AM EDT
U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton added that Iran is seeking nuclear weapons.
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U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton on Wednesday accused Tehran of orchestrating the attacks on oil tankers off the coast of the United Arab Emirates earlier this month, adding that the naval mines involved were “almost certainly from Iran.”

The remarks came when Bolton was briefing a group of journalists in the Emirati capital of Abu Dhabi, notes Al Jazeera. Iran has consistently denied any role in the Fujairah attack and instead blamed Washington of fomenting crisis in the Gulf.

Bolton is visiting Abu Dhabi amid soaring tensions between Iran and the U.S., with both sides engaged in heightened war rhetoric, reports The National. The U.S. pulled out of the landmark nuclear deal with Iran last year and imposed new sanctions that have stifled the Islamic Republic’s economy.

Earlier this month, Tehran Iran officially halted some of its commitments under the accord on the recommendation of its national security council, a move aimed at bringing the remaining signatories of the deal to the negotiation table.