According to diplomats, the UK will bring up the deadly tanker attack off the coast of Oman at a closed-door United Nations Security Council (UNSC) meeting on Friday, but the 15-member body is unlikely to take any action, Reuters reported
On Tuesday, the United Kingdom told the UNSC that it was “highly likely” that Iran deployed one or more drones to carry out the tanker attack last week, which killed two crew – a British and a Romanian.
“There is a lot of conflicting information. A ‘highly likely’ analysis, which we totally reject. We need to establish facts… we do not need to rush to any conclusions or actions without having proof of what has happened,” deputy Russian UN Ambassador Dmitry Polyanskiy told reporters on Wednesday.
The Mercer Street, a Liberian-flagged, Japanese-owned petroleum product tanker managed by Israeli-owned Zodiac Maritime, was attacked on Thursday, and Tehran has denied any involvement.
On Sunday, the US and the UK announced that they will collaborate with their partners to respond to the attack.
“We will do the necessary to ensure that there is accountability on this and that Iran is identified and dealt with at the Security Council,” US Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield told MSNBC on Thursday.