Iran is being accused by the US government of being responsible for two recent blasts in the Gulf of Oman, with many seeing the accusations as a 21st century version of the Gulf of Tonkin Incident.
In the “Gulf of Tonkin Incident” of 1964, North Vietnam was accused of attacking US destroyers and it was used as a pretext for expanding the atrocities exacted on the Vietnamese people by the US military. Historians have concluded that the attack never happened and it now serves as the quintessential false flag operation.
Many worry that the incident in the Gulf of Oman is another false flag that will be used as a pretext for a US war, this time against Iran.
On Thursday, two vessels were damaged as they were leaving the Gulf of Oman. It is the second such incident in four weeks.
US Central Command said in a statement that the Japanese oil tanker Kokuka Courageous had an “unexploded limpet mine on their hull following an initial explosion.”
The owner of the Japanese oil tanker disagreed with the US military’s claim that a mine caused the blast.
“We received reports that something flew towards the ship,” Yutaka Katada, president of Kokuka Sangyo said at a press conference on Friday. “I do not think there was a time bomb or an object attached to the side of the ship,” he said, adding that a projectile had landed above the waterline.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, blamed Iran for Thursday’s attacks without citing any evidence.
Following Pompeo’s baseless accusations, the US government released a grainy black and white video that they claim shows Iranian soldiers removing an unexploded mine from the damaged tanker. The footage doesn’t show anything clearly.
Iran has denounced the allegations as “ridiculous” and “dangerous.”
On Friday, in a TV interview on Fox News, US President Donald Trump said, “Iran did do it,” adding that if Iran were to block the Strait of Hormuz, “it’s not going to be closed for long.”
Photo from: Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB)