US State Department: Attack on Mercer Street Vessel

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Washington, DC (STL.News) Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken released the following statement:

We join our partners and allies in our strong condemnation of the attack against the Mercer Street, a commercial ship that was peacefully transiting through the north Arabian Sea in international waters.

Upon review of the available information, we are confident that Iran conducted this attack, which killed two innocent people, using one-way explosive UAVs, a lethal capability it is increasingly employing throughout the region.

There is no justification for this attack, which follows a pattern of attacks and other belligerent behavior.  These actions threaten freedom of navigation through this crucial waterway, international shipping and commerce, and the lives of those on the vessels involved.

We are working with our partners to consider our next steps and consulting with governments inside the region and beyond on an appropriate response, which will be forthcoming.  We once again offer our condolences to the families of the victims.

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