U.N. Security Council to Discuss Deadly Tanker Attack on Friday

NEW YORK (Reuters) -
This 2016 photo shows the Liberian-flagged oil tanker Mercer Street off Cape Town, South Africa. (Johan Victor via AP)

Britain will discuss a deadly tanker attack off the coast of Oman during a closed-door United Nations Security Council session on Friday, diplomats said, but the 15-member body is not expected to take any action.

Britain told the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday that it was “highly likely” that Iran used one or more drones to carry out the tanker attack last week.

“There’s a lot of conflicting information. A ‘highly likely’ analysis, which we totally reject. We need to establish facts … we don’t need to rush to any conclusions or actions without having proof of what has happened,” deputy Russian U.N. Ambassador Dmitry Polyanskiy told reporters on Wednesday.

Tehran has denied any involvement in Thursday’s attack on the Mercer Street – a Liberian-flagged, Japanese-owned petroleum product tanker managed by Israeli-owned Zodiac Maritime. Two crew members, a Briton and a Romanian, were killed.

The United States and Britain said on Sunday they would work with their allies to respond to the attack.