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World US warns vessels transiting Gulf amid tensions with Iran

12:52  14 january  2020
12:52  14 january  2020 Source:   msn.com

Japan pursues regional diplomacy to defuse Gulf tensions

  Japan pursues regional diplomacy to defuse Gulf tensions Japan, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates should work together to de-escalate the tense situation in the Gulf, a Japanese foreign ministry official said on Monday, relaying comments by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The official said Japan's strong relationship with both the United States and Iran enabled it to play a diplomatic role in defusing heightened regional tensions following the U.S. killing of Iranian military commander General Qassem Soleimani and a retaliatory missile attack by Iran on U.S. forces in Iraq.

US - Iran tensions explained. Another image is said to show the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps The US has implicated Iran in the latest attacks and four others outside the Strait of Hormuz in May But EU foreign ministers meeting on Monday warned against jumping to conclusions and backed UN

US diplomats have warned commercial flights over the Persian Gulf face a risk of being “misidentified” amid simmering tensions between Washington and Iran . An advisory, issued by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and relayed by US diplomatic posts, said the warning came amid “heightened

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United States on Tuesday warned of threats to commercial vessels in and around the Persian Gulf in the wake of its confrontation with Iran.

U.S. soldiers and journalists inspect the rubble at a site of Iranian bombing, in Ain al-Asad air base, Anbar, Iraq, Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. Ain al-Asad air base was struck by a barrage of Iranian missiles on Wednesday, in retaliation for the U.S. drone strike that killed atop Iranian commander, Gen. Qassem Soleimani, whose killing raised fears of a wider war in the Middle East. (AP Photo/Qassim Abdul-Zahra)© Provided by Associated Press U.S. soldiers and journalists inspect the rubble at a site of Iranian bombing, in Ain al-Asad air base, Anbar, Iraq, Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. Ain al-Asad air base was struck by a barrage of Iranian missiles on Wednesday, in retaliation for the U.S. drone strike that killed atop Iranian commander, Gen. Qassem Soleimani, whose killing raised fears of a wider war in the Middle East. (AP Photo/Qassim Abdul-Zahra)

Tensions have soared since the U.S. airstrike earlier this month that killed Gen. Qassem Soleimani, Iran's top general and the architect of its regional military activities. Iran responded by firing ballistic missiles at U.S. troops in Iraq, without wounding anyone, and accidentally shot down a Ukrainian jetliner near Tehran, killing all 176 on board.

Russia says urging Gulf nations to consider a joint security mechanism

  Russia says urging Gulf nations to consider a joint security mechanism Russia says urging Gulf nations to consider a joint security mechanism"We have been suggesting to the Gulf countries to think about collective security mechanisms... starting with confidence building measures and inviting each other to military exercises," Lavrov told a security conference in New Delhi.

The Indian Navy is deploying multiple vessels to the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman, to provide “security” for Indian-flagged ships traversing the area. The escalating stand-off eventually led to Iran downing a US surveillance drone. Proving that they are not messing around and given the still highly

The US aviation regulator has warned that "military activities" and "political tensions " could put flights at risk. Washington has increased its military presence in the Gulf amid a The advisory, amid heightened tensions between the US and Iran , is likely to impact air travel to and through the region.

“Heightened military activity and increased political tensions in this region continue to pose serious threats to commercial vessels,” the U.S. said in a maritime warning. “Associated with these threats is a potential for miscalculation or misidentification that could lead to aggressive actions.”

It said vessels transiting the Persian Gulf, the Gulf of Oman and the Strait of Hormuz — through which one-third of all oil traded by sea passes — could encounter GPS interference or communications jamming.

It said some vessels have reported communications from “unknown entities falsely claiming to be U.S. or coalition warships.”

Japan's Abe to visit Middle East amid tensions

  Japan's Abe to visit Middle East amid tensions Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit Saudi Arabia, Oman and the United Arab Emirates next week as regional tensions spike after the US assassination of a top Iranian general. Abe "will make the trip from the 12th to 15th," a spokesman from the prime minister's Liberal Democratic Party told AFP. The prime minister announced the details of the visit during a meeting with party executives. "I'm deeply concerned about the tensions in the Middle East," he said, according to public broadcaster NHK."I hope to contribute to peace and stability in the region through diplomatic efforts to ease tensions.

U . S . diplomats warned Saturday that commercial airliners flying over the wider Persian Gulf faced a risk of being "misidentified" amid heightened tensions The warning relayed by U . S . diplomatic posts from the Federal Aviation Administration underlined the risks the tensions pose to a region crucial to

of navigation for vessels transiting through this vital shipping lane.” The deployment of HMS Duncan in the Persian Gulf comes amid high- tension between the UK and Iran . Earlier this month, Britain’s Royal Navy seized an Iranian supertanker, Grace 1, off the shores of Gibraltar calming that it

It said ships contacted by Iranian forces should identify themselves and say that they are proceeding in accordance with international law. It advised ships to refuse to allow Iranian forces to board but not to forcibly resist them, and to immediately contact the U.S. Fifth Fleet.

Iran was accused of sabotaging oil tankers in the Persian Gulf last year. It denied those allegations, but acknowledged seizing a British-flagged oil tanker in response to the impounding of an Iranian oil tanker by authorities in Gibraltar. The Iranian tanker was suspected of intending to violate sanctions to deliver oil to Syria, a close ally of Iran. Both ships were released weeks later.

The tensions are rooted in President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw the U.S. from Iran's 2015 nuclear deal with world powers and to impose “maximum” economic sanctions. The sanctions have devastated Iran's economy.

France deploys radar system in Saudi Arabia to 'reassure' kingdom

  France deploys radar system in Saudi Arabia to 'reassure' kingdom France deploys radar system in Saudi Arabia to 'reassure' kingdomParis has blamed Iran for carrying out the drone and missile attack, which crippled the world's biggest oil processing facility in Saudi Arabia, and had promised to provide assistance to prevent a repeat of the incident.

Iran dismissed that allegation as nonsense. A US military official told the BBC that, at the UAE's US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made an unplanned visit to Brussels on Monday to discuss Iran "One of the two vessels was on its way to be loaded with Saudi crude oil from the port of Ras Tanura

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — US diplomats warned Saturday that commercial airliners flying over the wider Persian Gulf faced a risk of being “misidentified” amid heightened tensions between the US and Iran . The warning relayed by US diplomatic posts from the Federal Aviation Administration

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