Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett contended that “with absolute certainty – Iran carried out the attack” against the M/T Mercer Street, adding: “The intelligence evidence for this exists and we expect the international community will make it clear to the Iranian regime that they have made a serious mistake. In any case, we know how to send a message to Iran in our own way”. The U.S. condemned the attack, adding: “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”; the State Department also indicated that “an appropriate response… will be forthcoming”. The British government, one of whose citizens had been killed in the incident, similarly assessed that “this attack was deliberate, targeted and a clear violation of international law by Iran”, and noted that London was working with our international partners on a concerted response”. Iran’s diplomatic spokesperson blasted the statements as “provocative”, warning that “any anti-Iran adventurism will receive an immediate and decisive response”.
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