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The UK Foreign Secretary confirmed that the government have concluded that "it is highly likely" Iran carried out an "unlawful and callous attack" on a ship off the coast of Oman, which killed a British and Romanian national.
The man was killed on board the ship managed by Zodiac Maritime, with the company run by Israeli businessman Eyal Ofer claiming it is a “suspected piracy" incident.
An investigation that was launched by the United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations has now determined that the incident was "a clear violation of international law by Iran."
In a statement, Dominic Raab said: "The UK condemns the unlawful and callous attack committed on a merchant vessel off the coast of Oman, which killed a British and a Romanian national.
"Our thoughts are with the friends and family of those killed in the incident.
"We believe this attack was deliberate, targeted, and a clear violation of international law by Iran.
"UK assessments have concluded that it is highly likely that Iran attacked the MV Mercer Street in international waters off Oman on July 29 using one or more unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).
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"Iran must end such attacks, and vessels must be allowed to navigate freely in accordance with international law. The UK is working with our international partners on a concerted response to this unacceptable attack."
The chief of Israel's armed forces spoke with his British counterpart on Sunday, the Israeli military said, after London accused Iran of carrying out an attack on an Israeli-managed ship off Oman last week that killed a Briton and a Romanian, Reuters reports.
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Lieutenant-General Aviv Kohavi and Britain's Staff General Nick Carter "discussed recent events in the region and common challenges faced by both countries," said an Israeli military statement, which did not elaborate nor specifically cite the MV Mercer Street incident.
The news came amid a shadow war being waged between Israel and Iran which has seen frequent attacks on vessels around the Arabian peninsula in the last three years.
Negotiations remain stalled over Iran's nuclear deal with world powers.
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