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The UN Security Council has called for dialogue to address rising tensions between the United States and Iran and stressed the need to take measures to end tensions in the Gulf. In a press release prepared unanimously by Kuwait, the Security Council condemned recent attacks on oil tankers as a threat to global oil supplies as well as international peace and security.

After a two-hour meeting, the Security Council approved a statement that did not refer specifically to Iran, but made it clear that all parties must back down from the military confrontations that are feared to erupt.

The international standoff came just hours after US President Donald Trump imposed new sanctions on Iran aimed at Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and eight Iranian leaders.

All parties concerned and all countries in the region must "exercise utmost restraint, take action and work to reduce escalation and tension," the statement said.

The statement, supported by Russia, said the United States "urges council members to address disputes peacefully and through dialogue."

Britain, France and Germany separately called for "a reduction of escalation and dialogue, with full respect for international law."

During the meeting, the United States provided evidence that it said Iran had been behind the recent attacks on two oil tankers in the Sea of ​​Oman, using divers who had pasted two ships. But Tehran has denied responsibility for the attacks.

However, the US ambassador to the United Nations, Jonathan Cohen, said: "The only government body with the capabilities and the motivation to carry out these attacks is Iran."

Diplomats said the United States had pressed to state that "state actors" were responsible for the attacks on the two carriers in the press release, but Russia rejected the tone.

The UN Security Council is due to discuss on Wednesday the Iranian nuclear deal, which the United States has withdrawn from and the Europeans are seeking to save.

HZ (AFP)

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