There was no immediate word from Saudi Arabia about the documented assault.
State television said that the explosion destroyed two storerooms aboard the unnamed oil tanker and generated an oil flow to the Red Sea close to the Saudi port city of Jiddah.
The state-run IRNA news agency, quoting Iran’s National Iranian Tanker Co., recognized the stricken boat since the Sanity. That boat last switched on its monitoring apparatus in August close to the Iranian port city of Bandar Abbas.
Lt. Pete Pagano, a spokesman for the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet overseeing the Mideast, said police that there were”conscious of reports of the episode,” but declined to comment further.
The reported strike comes following the U.S. has alleged in previous months Iran attacked oil tankers near the Strait of Hormuz, in the mouth of the Persian Gulf, something denied by Tehran.
Friday’s episode could induce tensions between Iran and the U.S. much greater, over a year later President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew America in the atomic deal and enforced sanctions now crushing Iran’s market.
The mysterious strikes on oil tankers near the Strait of Hormuz, Iran shooting a U.S. military surveillance drone along with other events across the broader Middle East followed Trump’s conclusion.
The most recent attack saw Saudi Arabia’s crucial oil sector come under a drone-and-cruise-missile assault, halving the kingdom’s lead. Yemen’s Houthi rebels, whom the kingdom is fighting at a yearslong war, maintained that attack, although analysts say the missiles used in the assault would not have the choice to get to the websites from Yemen.