Benjamin Netanyahu seems “obvious” that the explosion suffered on Friday by an Israeli freighter in the Gulf of Oman is “an Iranian operation.” The prime minister accused the Islamic Republic of attacking the MV Helios Ray, a vehicle transport ship that is currently in Dubai to repair the material damage suffered, there were no deaths or injuries. In the statements offered to the public channel Kan, the conservative leader did not provide evidence of Iranian involvement. From Tehran, they denied “emphatically” these accusations and framed them within the Israeli “obsessive behavior” with them, declared the foreign spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh. Asked about Israel’s response to this situation, Netanyahu, who is playing for reelection at the polls on March 23, replied that “Iran is Israel’s greatest enemy and I am determined to stop it. We are hitting him throughout the region. According to local media, last night’s bombing south of Damascus could be interpreted as a response, although the Jewish state has already hit targets linked to the Islamic republic in neighboring Syria hundreds of times. Iran is one of the main military supporters of President Bashar Al Assad.
The list of the exchange of blows in the dirty war that these adversaries maintain is long. Now it is Israel who accuses and Iran denies it, but in recent months it has been the Iranians who have accused the Israelis of the explosion that occurred in the summer at the Natanz nuclear plant or the recent murder of scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, but they never did have recognized. Far nuclear deal, The rising tension in the Gulf comes at a particularly sensitive time for the nuclear deal. Since Donald Trump decided to abandon it and reimpose sanctions in 2018, the pact has been weakening and the arrival of Joe Biden has not served to revitalize it. The Islamic Republic has chosen not to accept the offer of the European signatories to have an informal meeting with the United States because “this is not the time,” according to Khatibzadeh. From Washington they regretted this decision, but at no time did they raise the possibility of lifting the sanctions, the condition of the Iranians to return to an increasingly distant agreement. The only steps Biden has taken so far have been the easing of restrictions on the movement of Iranian diplomats in New York before the UN and the decision not to go ahead with the proclamation of international sanctions against Iran.
After Trump’s withdrawal from the agreement, Iran began to take steps that distance itself from the text agreed with the 5 + 1, a group formed by the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Russia, and China. The Islamic Republic is once again producing metal uranium, necessary to produce atomic fuel, but which can also be used to make the core of a nuclear warhead, it has begun to enrich uranium to a purity of 20 percent, a far cry from the 3.67 percent allowed. , has launched state-of-the-art centrifuges and since last week has restricted the work of inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). These are measures that, according to the Iranians, are reversible and will be canceled as soon as the United States lifts the sanctions.