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Will either the Japanese or Norwegian government blame Iran for the June 2019 Gulf of Oman incident?
On June 13, 2019, two oil tankers were attacked near the Strait of Hormuz while transiting the Gulf of Oman. The Japanese Kokuka Courageous and Norwegian Front Altair were attacked, allegedly with limpet mines or flying objects, causing fire damage to both ships. This followed from an apparent attack on four ships in May 2019.
Amid heightened tension between Iran and the United States, the United States blamed Iran for the attacks. Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom supported the United States' accusation, while Japan and Germany have demanded more proof of Iran's culpability.
By the end of 2019, will either the Norwegian or Japanese government make an official statement claiming that it is their belief that Iran-affiliated forces were responsible for any damage caused to at least one of the ships in the June Incident?
This resolves positively if by the end of 2019, either the Norwegian or Japanese government has blamed Iran-affiliated forces for some of the damage caused to at least one ship. This resolves positive if a statement of blame is made, even if it is subsequently retracted. This resolves negatively if by the end of 2019, neither the Norwegian nor Japanese government has blamed Iran-affiliated forces for the incident.
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