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Iran Breaks Silence on Saudi Port Attack, Condemns It as Threat

The BW Rhine oil tanker.

The BW Rhine oil tanker.

Photographer: Tommy Chia/AP Photo

Iran condemned an attack on a tanker at a Saudi Arabian port as a threat to maritime security, in its first official comments on the assault against its regional rival.

Iran “denounces any destructive action against maritime security and safety, and freedom of international trade,” according to a statement Wednesday posted on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.