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World News Special # 1
Two oil tankers in the gulf of Oman were attacked on Thursday. The front Altair oil tanker which belongs to Norway’s frontline company was also one of the targets. According to the company’s spokesman, oil tanker has not sunk and is still on fire, but Iran’s news agency IRNA and Lebanon’s Al-Mayadeen are claiming that oil tanker has sunk already. Earlier today, Taiwanese state energy company CPC said that their oil tanker had been hit by a torpedo also, though there is no official confirmation yet. Crew members of both the oil tankers are safe now.
Some news channels reported that second oil tanker “Kokuka Courageous” was Japanese, which was hit by a suspected torpedo. Kokuka Sangyo of Japan, the owner of Kokuka Courageous, confirmed that their ship had been hit and damaged in the recent attack. On 12 May, 4 oil tankers which belonged to different countries were attacked in the similar manner. US President Donald Trump had been briefed on the current situation. Crude prices rose 4% after the recent attacks.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is visiting Tehran when these attacks are carried out. PM Abe has come to Iran with President Trump’s message. Iran did not claim any responsibility for these attacks and the Iranian Foreign Minister mentioned these attacks “Suspicious” on his Twitter.
Iranian Foreign Minister’s recent Tweets:
Reported attacks on Japan-related tankers occurred while PM (at)AbeShinzo was meeting with Ayatollah (at)khamenei_ir for extensive and friendly talks. Suspicious doesn’t begin to describe what likely transpired this morning. Iran’s proposed Regional Dialogue Forum is imperative. ( 2:54 AM – 13 Jun 2019 )
That the US immediately jumped to make allegations against Iran—w/o a shred of factual or circumstantial evidence—only makes it abundantly clear that the (#)B_Team is moving to a (#)PlanB: Sabotage diplomacy—including by (at)AbeShinzo—and cover up its (#)EconomicTerrorism against Iran. (5:11 PM – 13 Jun 2019)
PM Abe visited Iran to ease high level tensions between US and Iran. Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told PM Abe that Iran would not repeat bitter experience of negotiating with US and rejected Trump’s offer to talk. Supreme Leader said “I do not see Trump as worthy of any message exchange, and I do not have any reply for him now, or in future,” he also said, “Iran doesn’t want nuclear bomb, but US couldn’t stop us if we did”.
Different countries are observing the current situation in the region and also trying to cool down the conflicting parties.
World News Special # 2
SCO members, including Chinese and Russian Presidents, arrived in Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan) to attend SCO summit. PM Pakistan Imran Khan and the Russian President Putin hold informal meeting on sidelines of 19th SCO summit. Indian PM Narendra Modi and Pakistani PM Imran Khan entered the hall together but did not greet each other and they both sat in the different corners of the hall. Pakistani PM and Indian PM met with the other members of SCO. Earlier, in an interview with Russia’s Sputnik news agency, PM Pakistan said that he hopes that Mr. Modi will use his big election mandate for improving bilateral relations, and to resolve pending issues with Pakistan through constructive dialogue.
World News Special # 3
According to the US President Donald Trump, he may not alert FBI if the information is offered by foreign governments on 2020 rival candidates.
World News Special # 4
New Zealand and India both shared a single point “due to Rain” in an important cricket world cup match.
World News Special # 5
President Xi Jinping of China said that China and India are working together, and this not only eases each other’s national development, but this also contributes to the world peace, stability and prosperity.
World News Special # 6
US hold Iran responsible for the Thursday’s oil tanker attacks in the gulf of Oman. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters, “It is the assessment of United States government that the Islamic Republic of Iran is responsible for the attacks that occurred in the Gulf of Oman today”.
World News Special # 7
According to the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang, Hong Kong protests against extradition bill were “Riots” and China supported the local government’s response. There is a difference between peaceful rally and organized riot by a group.
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