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【今日美国】伊朗拆除油轮未爆水雷视频曝光 Unexploded mines video of Iranian tanker demolition video exposure

来源:慢速英语   时间:2020-01-11 16:20:04

The United States military has released a video it says shows an Iranian boat removing a mine from one of the two oil tankers attacked in the Gulf of Oman.


The two tankers,the Japanese-owned Kokuka Courageous and the Norwegian-owned MT Front Altair,were attacked Thursday in the important waterway.Both carried oil products.After the attack,the Front Altair burned for hours,sending up long clouds of thick,black smoke into the air.


A military spokesman,Captain Bill Urban,said black-and-white video and also photographs show an Iranian Revolutionary Guard boat next to the Kokuka Courageous.He said the video shows the Iranians removing an unexploded mine.


Speaking later Friday with Fox News,U.S.President Donald Trump spoke about the video and Iran.He said,"that was their boat.That was them,and they didn't want the evidence left behind."


In Tokyo,the owner of Kokuka Courageous said Friday that the tanker had been attacked twice.One explosion,the company said,took place near the engine room of the ship and at another place near the back.


Company president Yutaka Katada said the crew saw a"flying object"just before the second explosion.The report suggests that the tanker may not have been damaged by mines.Katada also said the crew saw an Iranian naval ship nearby.He did not say whether this was before or after the attacks.

公司总裁Yutaka Katada说,机组人员在第二次爆炸前看到一个“飞行物”。报告显示油轮可能没有被地雷损坏。卡塔达还说,机组人员在附近看到一艘伊朗军舰。他没有说这是在袭击之前还是之后。

Thursday's attack is similar to an attack in May on four oil tankers near the port of Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates.U.S.officials accused Iran at the time of targeting the ships with magnetic mines.The explosions from the mines were designed to disable ships,not to sink them.


Iran has denied being involved in the attack,accusing the U.S.of carrying out an"Iranophobic campaign"against it.However,Iran has used mines against oil tankers in 1987 and 1988,in what become known as the"Tanker War."The U.S.Navy,at the time,escorted ships through the Gulf area.


U.S.Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blamed Iran for the attacks on Thursday.He said the U.S.made the judgement"based on intelligence,the weapons used,the level of expertise needed to execute the operation,[and]recent similar Iranian attacks on shipping."He added that no other group in the area has the resources and the ability to carry out such an attack.

美国国务卿蓬佩奥(Mike Pompeo)将周四的袭击归咎于伊朗。他说,美国做出这一判断“基于情报、使用的武器、执行行动所需的专业知识水平,以及最近伊朗对航运业的类似袭击”。他补充说,该地区没有任何其他组织有资源和能力进行此类袭击。

At the United Nations,the Security Council met to discuss the tanker incidents late Thursday at the request of the U.S.but took no action.


Tension has been rising in the area because Iran has warned that it is ready to break its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.The Trump administration withdrew from that agreement last year.


Under the deal reached with China,Russia,France,Germany,Britain and the U.S.,Iran had agreed to limit its enrichment of uranium in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions.


In May,the U.S.sent an aircraft carrier battle group to the Persian Gulf in response to,what it said,were threats from Iran.


The latest attack on the two tankers happened as Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was meeting with Iranian leaders in an effort to lower tensions in the area.Iran's leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned after the meeting that,while it does not seek nuclear weapons,"America could not do anything"to stop Iran if it did.

日本首相安倍晋三(Shinzo Abe)正与伊朗领导人会晤,以期缓和该地区的紧张局势,这两艘油轮最近遭到袭击。伊朗领导人哈梅内伊在会后警告说,虽然伊朗不寻求核武器,但如果伊朗寻求核武器,美国就无法采取任何行动阻止伊朗。