The Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council for Arab States, Zayeni, condemned the deliberate destruction of commercial vessels in the territorial waters of the United Arab Emirates in a statement Wednesday. Zayeni said that the planning and implementation of actions harming the safety of navigation in the area and threatening the lives of civilian crew is a dangerous development and escalation of the situation.
This incident undoubtedly highlights the danger and complexity of the situation in the Gulf. Due to the escalating tensions between the United States and Iran, all parties have been paying close attention to any changes in the Gulf region, which has recently become increasingly gunpowder-flavored.
Four merchant ships were deliberately damaged
The Foreign Ministry of the United Arab Emirates disclosed in a statement on the 12th that four commercial vessels were deliberately damaged in the waters east of the United Arab Emirates, Fuchailah. The statement said that there were no casualties or leaks of harmful chemicals or fuels in the incident, but did not specify the specific content of the destruction activities and the parties involved.
Subsequently, Saudi Arabias Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources, Khalid Falkh, said on the 13th that two Saudi oil tankers were deliberately damaged in the waters of the United Arab Emirates, resulting in serious damage to the vessels.
Halliday Fallich Information Photo. (Xinhua News Agency/Reuters)
The incident occurred at 6:00 local time (10:00 Beijing time) on December 12, and one of the Saudi tankers involved was preparing to go to the Saudi port to load crude oil planned for delivery to American customers, Fallich said. However, Saudi Arabia did not disclose the name of the tanker deliberately damaged or identify the suspect.
Some media quoted satellite images from open channels to report that there was no fire or smoke at the site of the incident.
Shortly after the incident, the U.S. Maritime Administration issued a warning reminding sailors to be vigilant when passing through the relevant areas. Earlier, the U.S. Maritime Administration announced that Iran and its regional agents had increased the possibility of launching military operations against facilities and personnel owned by the United States and its allies in the Middle East after early May.
It is understood that the deliberate destruction occurred near the port of Fuchaila, located in the Gulf region, 140 kilometers south of the Strait of Hormuz.
The smell of gunpowder is getting stronger and stronger
Some analysts believe that the deliberate destruction of merchant ships once again highlights the danger and complexity of the situation in the Gulf, further escalating regional tensions, making the Gulf region more and more gunpowder flavor.
Recently, the U.S. military has been operating frequently in the Middle East, dispatching the carrier strike group Abraham Lincoln and the B-52 bomber contingent to the Gulf area, and then further deploying an amphibious attack ship and a Patriot air defense missile system as support.
On April 13, the US Navy carrier Abraham Lincoln entered the Mediterranean Sea through the Strait of Gibraltar. (Xinhua News Agency/Reuters)
Iran has reacted strongly to this. A number of senior officers of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard said Tuesday that the U.S. military presence in the Gulf was a serious security threat, but has become a target.
As far as the current situation is concerned, neither America nor Iraq wants to make a big fight in the near future. The United States does not have a quick and decisive grasp of the war, nor has it completed the preparations for launching a full-scale war. The current deployment of forces can only achieve the purpose of defense and deterrence. Iran is neither willing to fight directly with the United States nor willing to bow down to the United States.
Nevertheless, the possibility of small-scale conflicts between the two sides cannot be ruled out. The United States has blacklisted the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist organization. This is the first time that the United States has blacklisted the army of a sovereign country. Generally speaking, organizations and individuals on this list are likely to be targets of U.S. military strikes.
On April 18, in Tehran, Iran, military vehicles marched on a military parade during the Army Day. (Xinhua News Agency/Faxin)
Irans tit for tat labels the US Central Command responsible for military operations in the Middle East and the forces stationed in the Middle East as terrorist organizations, making the latter two possible targets for attacks by some armed groups in the Middle East.
It can be said that the United States and Iraq are at the critical point of the outbreak of the hot war.
All parties should exercise restraint and strengthen dialogue
The comprehensive agreement on Irans nuclear issue is a multilateral agreement approved by the United Nations Security Council. It is essential for maintaining the international nuclear non-proliferation system and peace and stability in the Middle East. It should be fully and effectively implemented.
Geng Shuang, spokesman for Chinas Foreign Ministry, said at a press conference last week that China firmly opposes the unilateral sanctions and so-called long arm jurisdiction imposed by the United States on Iran, and regrets that the relevant practices of the United States have further intensified tensions over the Iranian nuclear issue.
This information photo taken on October 26, 2010 shows the Bushehr nuclear power plant in Iran. (Xinhua News Agency/Faxin)
It is the common responsibility of all parties to maintain and implement the comprehensive agreement. We call on all parties concerned to exercise restraint, strengthen dialogue and avoid escalating tensions in turn. China will maintain communication with all parties concerned, continue to make efforts to safeguard and implement the comprehensive agreement, and firmly safeguard the legitimate and legitimate rights and interests of its enterprises.
Source: Wang Xu_NBJS8023, Responsible Editor of Xinhua Newspaper Network