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Britain tells UN 'highly likely' Iran behind deadly tanker attack

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The tanker Mercer Street in 2016 off the coast of South Africa. It was attacked Thursday night near Oman.
Johan Victor/Johan Victor, via Associated PressThe tanker Mercer Street in 2016 off the coast of South Africa. It was attacked Thursday night near Oman.

Letter to UN Security Council says drone strike a 'clear violation of international law'

Britain, Romania and Liberia told the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on Tuesday that it was “highly likely” that Iran used one or more drones to carry out a deadly tanker attack last week off the coast of Oman.

“This attack disrupted and posed a risk to the safety and security of international shipping and was a clear violation of international law,” the countries said in a letter to the 15-member council seen by Reuters. “This act must be condemned by the international community.”

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Iran has denied any involvement on Thursday's attack that killed two crew members -- a Briton and Romanian.

The oil tanker Mercer Street carries the flag of Liberia. It is Japanese-owned and managed by Israeli-owned Zodiac Maritime.

In a separate letter sent to the UNSC, Israel's Ambassador Gilad Erdan, the country's top envoy to the US and UN, called for the international body to take action against Iran's "maritime terrorism."

Erdan noted earlier attacks attributed to Iran on ships owned or previously owned by Israelis, respectively the Hyperion Ray on April 14 and CSAV Tyndall on July 3.

He singled out the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) as having a key role in the string of hostilities. Furthermore, Erdan named the IRGC as “the main sponsor of terrorist groups and militias throughout the region.”