RSN Fundraising Banner
Trump Administration Providing 'False' Information About Gulf of Oman Attack, Says Japanese Tanker Owner
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=48770"><span class="small">Chris Riotta, The Independent</span></a>   
Friday, 14 June 2019 13:06

Riotta writes: "The owner of the Japanese tanker attacked on Thursday said US reports have provided 'false' information about what happened in the Gulf of Oman."

Yutaka Katada, the owner of one of the stricken fuel tankers crippled in explosions in the Gulf of Oman. (photo: Kyodo/via Reuters)
Yutaka Katada, the owner of one of the stricken fuel tankers crippled in explosions in the Gulf of Oman. (photo: Kyodo/via Reuters)

ALSO SEE: How the Trump Administration Is Using 9/11
to Build a Case for War With Iran

Trump Administration Providing 'False' Information About Gulf of Oman Attack, Says Japanese Tanker Owner

By Chris Riotta, The Independent

14 June 19

Chief executive of Japanese company operating Kokuka Courageous says 'flying objects' were cause of damage to vessel

he owner of the Japanese tanker attacked on Thursday said US reports have provided “false” information about what happened in the Gulf of Oman. 

The ship operator said “flying objects” that may have been bullets were the cause of damage to the vessel, rather than mines used by Iranian forces, as the US has suggested. 

Yutaka Katada, chief executive of the Japanese company operating the ship called Kokuka Courageous, one of two vessels attacked near the Strait of Hormuz on Thursday, said the damage could not have been caused by mines or torpedos that are shot underwater, since the damage was reportedly above the ship’s waterline. 

“It seems that something flew towards them. That created the hole, is the report I’ve received,” Mr Katada said at a press conference in Tokyo on Friday, the Financial Times reported. Mr Katada also described reports of a mine attack as "false" according to several outlets in attendance at the press conference.

Donald Trump’s administration has meanwhile insisted the attacks were carried out by Iran, which has denied having any involvement in either of the two incidents. 

The US released video shortly after that it said showed Iranian Revolutionary Guard officials removing what was likely an unexploded limpet mine from the Kokuka Courageous. The US also said the ship was abandoned after an “initial explosion.”

The White House has singled out the Iranian Revolutionary Guard in recent months under Mr Trump, taking the rare step of classifying a foreign government entity as a terror group.

The Kokuka Courageous and another Norwegian-operated vessel were ablaze for hours in the Gulf on Thursday. The owner's of the other vessel, the Front Altair, have not yet provided an explanation of what they believe to be the cause of the damage. 

The entire 21-person crew evacuated the Kokuka Courageous. Sailors reported seeing the “flying objects” from the vessel before the incident occurred, according to Mr Katada.

The White House did not respond to requests for comment.

Email This Page your social media marketing partner


A note of caution regarding our comment sections:

For months a stream of media reports have warned of coordinated propaganda efforts targeting political websites based in the U.S., particularly in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election.

We too were alarmed at the patterns we were, and still are, seeing. It is clear that the provocateurs are far more savvy, disciplined, and purposeful than anything we have ever experienced before.

It is also clear that we still have elements of the same activity in our article discussion forums at this time.

We have hosted and encouraged reader expression since the turn of the century. The comments of our readers are the most vibrant, best-used interactive feature at Reader Supported News. Accordingly, we are strongly resistant to interrupting those services.

It is, however, important to note that in all likelihood hardened operatives are attempting to shape the dialog our community seeks to engage in.

Adapt and overcome.

Marc Ash
Founder, Reader Supported News

+43 # wilhelmscream 2019-06-14 13:36
Of Course Trump is lying about what happened; I knew it was a BULLSHIT explaination!
+8 # Texas Aggie 2019-06-15 20:51
So did everybody else including the warmongers, but that isn't going to even slow them down. This is a technique perfected by Darth Cheney and now being used by his acolytes. Remember WMD? Remember Powell's UN presentation?
+8 # thehodges1 2019-06-14 21:24
Really scared because it seem a repent of Our entry into Iraq.
+11 # DongiC 2019-06-14 21:47
Here is an important incident in foreign affairs and we can't trust our President's version. What a pity.
+10 # indian weaving 2019-06-15 05:28
ANYONE on planet earth that believes anything coming out of the USA's government anymore is an idiot. We all know by now this government is trying to start wars everywhere all the time against everyone, and everything they say / publish is a lie now.
+14 # photonracer 2019-06-15 07:09
tRump has no credibility. I feel this is a, bungled, false flag instigation. The purpose is to raise oil prices and divert attention from tRump's continued incompetence.
+6 # Lgfoot 2019-06-15 21:08
Bungled even worse than Gulf of Tonkin.
+9 # revhen 2019-06-15 07:12
He has to go before he completely destroys our country -- and the world.
+8 # windrider 2019-06-15 07:48
Pompeo is like a child telling evolving lies. First it was a floating mine, despite the above the waterline damage. Now he changes the story to sneeky Revolutionary Guard types removing a limpet mine, never mind how a mine could damage a ship after it is removed. This in the face of witnesses who say it was damage from flying objects. Has anyone here read the actual transcripts of the Gulf of Tonkin incident? In that case a navy pilot flying above the "action" kept asking what the hell they were firing at since there was no hostile Vietnamese ship there.
+9 # futhark 2019-06-15 07:58
The question is whether or not the press and the public has learned anything from the following historical incidents involving false claims of guilt for attacks or threats used to justify use of military force to the extreme detriment of all parties concerned:

-Gulf of Tonkin "incident" (1964)

-Iraqi "atrocities" against infants in Kuwait (1990)

-9/11 attacks (2001)

-Iraqi "WMDs" (2002-2003)

Where hundreds of thousands of lives, trillions of dollars and the honor and reputation of the United States are in jeopardy, a cautious and skeptical approach is undoubtedly the best.
+5 # MikeAF48 2019-06-15 08:35
Sounds like the BUSH 2 era that's when we affirmed a continuous war. It's lying time only big time. The Census lye needs to be addressed before The Supreme Court Justices adjourn, late this month for vacation. Keep a watchful eye on the Census, Supreme Court & Wilber Ross.
+1 # Lgfoot 2019-06-15 21:10
Wilbur Ross was laundering Russian mob money before Bonespurs got around to it. Probably taught him how.
+8 # elizabethblock 2019-06-15 09:01
False-flag op. Not the first time. Won't be the last.
+5 # aDog8myH8 2019-06-15 12:35
I hope there are some people left in government that believe in truth and justice, and have the huevos to do something.
+5 # janie1893 2019-06-15 15:00
Sham President = Sham Information
+2 # ChrisCurrie 2019-06-16 19:57
GW Bush showed that starting a never-ending war in the Middle East by militarily invading Iraq based on a HUGE PACK OF LIES is one way to help him get re-elected President, so it should not be surprising our present morally depraved President Donald Trump would attempt to do likewise.
+1 # DongiC 2019-06-18 03:37
For "flying objects" read missiles. Now who would be launching them at these oil tankers? USA, Israel, Saudi Arabia? Does Gulf of Tonkin come to mind? Perhaps, a strange case of deja vu.