The mosquito mines used to attack a Japanese-owned oil tanker near the Hormuz battle last week bore "a striking resemblance" with similar mines displayed by Iran, an American marine explosive expert said Wednesday and did not stop blaming Tehran for the assault. Comments from Cmdr. Sean Kido came as the marina showed the reporter's pieces of debris and a magnet that they said Iran's revolutionary guard was left behind when they spirited away an unexploded limpet mine after the June 13 attack in Omanholmen.
Kido showed the journalists, including CBS News correspondent Charlie D & # 39; Agata, fragments from one of the exploded weapons the US says were used in the attack, besides the magnet left on the Japanese ship.
D & # 39; Agata said the information was clearly meant to set the target against Iran. The trump administration has insisted that Iran should be blamed not long after the attacks last week, and it has steadily ratcheted up the cast of guilt and tried to convince allies around the world to point its finger in Tehran as well.
In the media information in the bay on Wednesday, D & # 39; Agata said that all the navy would confirm that the limpet mines used to have "a striking resemblance" to those who were made and appeared earlier by Iran – in other words, no smoking weapon. D & # 39; Agata noted that the limpet mines used in the attacks are diligent weapons found in many parts of the world.
However, Navan showed an image that was previously shared among gun experts by a lime mine on display in Iran, which they said resembled that of the suspects used on the ship. That image showed a conical mine, about 90 pounds in weight, on display with a sign next to what was identified as a produced research company affiliated with the Revolutionary Guard.
"The smallest mine used bears a striking resemblance to what has been publicly shown in Iranian military parades," Kido said. "There are distinctive features".
The fifth fleet's officials also said investigators had restored fingerprints and a handshake from the Japanese tanker, and D & # 39; Agata said they made it clear that more details could be released in the coming days.  UAE-GULF-SHIPPING-OIL-IRAN-US-JAPAN "height =" 422 "width =" 620 "class =" lazyload "data-srcset =" https://cbsnews3.cbsistatic.com/hub/i /r/2019/06/19/b9e90e6b-b1db-4d76-90e2-1fbb206a9272/thumbnail/620×422/0a4fa1f1921a574b7e6f7fdd71d10292/tanker-kokuka-courageous-1150699140.jpg 1x, https://cbsnews1.cbsistatic.com/hub/i/ r / 2019/06/19 / b9e90e6b-b1db-4d76-90e2-1fbb206a9272 / thumbnail / 1240×844 / 1d4351ea3a148a4aee061aaf0ad062ba / tanker-kokuka-courageous-1150699140.jpg 2x "srcset =" data: image / svg + xml,% 3Csvg% 20xmlns % 3D'http% 3A% 2F% 2Fwww.w3.org% 2F2000% 2Fsvg '% 20viewBox% 3D'0% 200% 20620% 20422'% 2F% 3E "/>
Navy officials said it was difficult to pry one of the magnets used to hold a limpet mine off a ship's hull. D & # 39; Agata said it took a couple of US service members with a crow to pry just the only remaining magnet from Kokuka. Navy officials said six of the magnets – each about the size of a soft ball – would be used to hold a limpet mine in place on a ship.
So far, German and British officials, along with Iran's arch-rival Saudi Arabia, have supported the US in blaming Iran, or at least saying that the evidence suggests that the Iranian debt is strong.
A flat denial
Iran has consistently and completely denied any role in the attacks on tankers near the important shipping channel of the Hormuz Strait – both the latest on the two ships in Oman Bay and similar attacks on four tankers last month from the United Arab Emirates Port of Fujairah.
"Accusations against Iran's armed forces and the published film regarding the incident (it) happened to the ships … are unfair and we categorically reject these accusations," said Iran's semi-official IRNA news agency, Defense Minister Brigadier-General Amir Hatami as
Mountin g excitement
The attack on oil tankers came against the backdrop of increased tensions between the United States and Iran, rooting in President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from Tehran's nuclear power agreement with world powers a year ago.
US officials believe that Iran can be the driving force behind a number of other minor-scale attacks in the Middle East in recent weeks, including on Saudi's oil pipelines and the US and allied bases in Iraq. liability claim and no obligation was immediately assigned to a rocket that hit an oil well place in Iraq southern Basra province on Wednesday. The rocket struck into a compound housing power giant Exxon Mobil and other foreign oil companies and injured three local workers, one seriously, Iraqi officials said.
U.S. Military officials told CBS News senior national security correspondent David Martin they had not yet "a good feeling" for who was behind the rocket attack.
In recent weeks, the United States has sped an airplane to Mideast and deployed additional troops to tens of thousands already here. All this has caused fear that a miscalculation or further increase in tensions could drive the United States and Iran into an open conflict, some 40 years after Tehran's Islamic Revolution.
Crumbling nuclear deal
Since President Trump left the US, Iran has threatened to stop following the boundaries of its nuclear program. It recently celebrated its production of low-enriched uranium andtrying to push Europe for new conditions into the 2015 agreement.
If Iran decides that Europe will not run the risk of violating US sanctions to continue doing business with Tehran. It has said that it will increase the appearance of uranium.
An expert told CBS News that Iran could produce enough enriched uranium to officially violate nuclear power terms within a few days.
It is about seeing the UN Security Council, which was presented by the United States to reintroduce broad international sanctions against Iran, which was lifted under the terms of the 2015 agreement.