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Japan demands more proof from U.S. that Iran attacked tankers

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The Japanese government has been requesting the United States for concrete evidence to back its assertion that Iran is to blame for the attacks on two tankers near the Strait of Hormuz on Thursday, government sources said Sunday.

The request came after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo gave a statement hours after the attacks blaming Iran but without offering proof. The Department of Defense later released a video allegedly showing an Iranian patrol boat removing an unexploded mine attached to the side of the Japanese-operated tanker Kokuka Courageous.

But Japanese government officials remain unconvinced, the sources said. "The U.S. explanation has not helped us go beyond speculation," said one senior government official.

Japan has been seeking more concrete evidence through various channels, including Foreign Minister Taro Kono who is likely to have made the request during a call with his counterpart on Friday, the sources said.

Pompeo said in a press conference Thursday that the United States' assessment was based on their "intelligence, the weapons used, the level of expertise needed to execute the operation, recent similar Iranian attacks on shipping, and the fact that no proxy group operating in the area has the resources and proficiency to act with such a high degree of sophistication."

A source close to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said, "These are not definite proof that it's Iran."

"Even if it's the United States that makes the assertion, we cannot simply say we believe it," he said.

If having expertise sophisticated enough to conduct the attack could be a reason to conclude that the attacker was Iran, "That would apply to the United States and Israel as well," said a source at the Foreign Ministry.

The attacks occurred around the time Abe was meeting with Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in Tehran.

"The attacks have severely affected the prime minister's reputation as he was trying to be a mediator between the United States and Iran," said the source close to the premier. "It is a serious concern, and making mistakes when determining facts is impermissible."

The Japanese government has refrained so far from commenting on who is responsible for the attacks.

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And the motive would be, what? Why would the Iran's government sponsor this attack and then deny it? Why would they destroy a relationship with a major customer of thier oil? Hmmm...

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"Japan demands" or "Japan asks for"? There's nothing in the article that indicates Japan is demanding anything.

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Good One

Why would Iran attack Japanese tankers while the Japanese Prime Minister is in Iran.

How do we know it wasn't the Saudi's trying to stir up trouble with their enemies the Iranians.

How do we know its not the Israelis trying to stir up trouble with their enemy the Iranians.

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On the flip side, wouldn't this be to obvious of a false flag operation? Don't get me wrong, I doubt the Iranians did this, but they have armed a number of loose cannons in the area.

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This stupid trick is an insult to Trump's intelligence. even if he is not known for being smart.

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The Trump administration changed their story,saying it was Iranian surface to air missiles attack a US drone but fallen at the Japanese tanker! How wonderful!

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Smells very much like the work of minions payed off by the foreign terrorism support branch of the CIA.

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Not much of this story is adding up to me, I feel there is some sort some one with a hidden agenda trying to stir up trouble/

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This could be retaliation for the recent oil Embargo that the US placed on Iran; however, to prove anything and to openly accuse anyone mere hours after it happens when all you have is circumstance is very reckless.

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Good on Japan for demanding more info before they do anything rash. A bit surprised by this actually.

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I suspect that the US (and its accomplices) sent Abe to Iran specifically to humiliate him with this stunt, which is clearly a false flag.

"Even if it's the United States that makes the assertion, we cannot simply say we believe it," he said.

If having expertise sophisticated enough to conduct the attack could be a reason to conclude that the attacker was Iran, "That would apply to the United States and Israel as well," said a source at the Foreign Ministry.

Wow, even if these statements are obvious, they show unusual courage.

"The attacks have severely affected the prime minister's reputation as he was trying to be a mediator between the United States and Iran,"

If anything, this stunt has probably decreased the relationship between US and Japan.

On the flip side, wouldn't this be to obvious of a false flag operation?

The US and its allies have a history of carrying out obvious false flags. For some reason, their citizens have a habit of falling for them.

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Yep, a reasonable request. It just doesn’t make sense that Iran would sanction an attack on a Japanese owned vessel just as Abesan was over there trying to play middle man and mediator.

Even to a simpleton it seems very very odd. Maybe that’s the point, who knows? Strange times indeed.

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@Raw Beer: the US (and its accomplices) sent Abe to Iran specifically to humiliate him with this stunt

A Japanese oil tanker under attack while the Japanese PM meddling in Tehran! Abe was told to go there by Donald Trump  some days ago!  Does someone here believes that is such a funny coincidence tragedy?

This is not only a false flag but 'A stab in the back'! Yes, Mr.Abe someone has just stabbed your back!

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If anything, this stunt has probably decreased the relationship between US and Japan.

Its unbreakable.

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If anything, this stunt has probably decreased the relationship between US and Japan.

Its unbreakable.

But I'm sure Abe did not enjoy being set up by his "friend". And the comments released from the Japanese government indicate they are not happy about it.

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It was probably a false flag carried out by the Saudis. They are determined to use the US as a proxy fighter against Iran, the same way they used them against Iraq. Why would the Iranians sabatoge their relationship with Japan? The Saudis have been causing all sorts of trouble, mainly through covert means. They also went out of their way to point the finger at Iran in this incident, which wouldn't be the first time they've blatantly blamed another power for their own misdeeds.

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trump wants to use this as a Casus belli to attack Iran. trump believes a war with Iran will distract Americans from his misdeeds.

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The US and its allies have a history of carrying out obvious false flags. For some reason, their citizens have a habit of falling for them.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1953_Iranian_coup_d%27%C3%A9tat

.....was the overthrow of the democratically elected Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddeghin favour of strengthening the monarchical rule of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi on 19 August 1953, orchestrated by the United Kingdom (under the name "Operation Boot") and the United States(under the name *TPAJAX*** Project[5] or "Operation Ajax**"),[6][7][8][9] and the first United States covert action to overthrow a foreign government during peacetime.

According to the CIA's declassified documents and records, some of the most feared mobsters in Tehran were hired by the CIA to stage pro-Shah riots on 19 August. Other CIA-paid men were brought into Tehran in buses and trucks, and took over the streets of the city.[23]Between 200[3] and 300[4] people were killed because of the conflict.

In August 2013, sixty years afterward, the U.S. government formally acknowledged the U.S. role in the coup by releasing a bulk of previously classified government documents that show it was in charge of both the planning and the execution of the coup, including the bribing of Iranian politicians, security and army high-ranking officials, as well as pro-coup propaganda.[27][28][29] The CIA is quoted acknowledging the coup was carried out "under CIA direction" and "as an act of U.S. foreign policy, conceived and approved at the highest levels of government".

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