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The United Kingdom’s Ambassador, Barbara Woodward, told reporters that “the UK knows that Iran was responsible” for the attack against the MV Mercer Street vessel, operated by an Israeli-owned firm, off the coast of Oman last week, killing a British national and a Romanian citizen. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 06 AUGUST 2021, NEW YORK CITY

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FILE – NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior UN Headquarters

06 AUGUST 2021, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Barbara Woodward, walks up to the podium
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Barbara Woodward, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, United Kingdom:
“The UK knows that Iran was responsible for this attack. We know it was deliberate and targeted. There is no justification for what happened: a state-sanctioned attack on a civilian vessel passing peacefully through international waters. Tragically, two civilians, a Romanian and a British citizen, died as a result of Iran’s disregard for international law.”

FILE – NEW YORK CITY

4. Close up, reporter writing on notepad

06 AUGUST 2021, NEW YORK CITY

5. SOUNDBITE (English) Barbara Woodward, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, United Kingdom:
“And the evidence, we are confident - based on our assessment of the debris that was recovered from the MV Mercer Street - that the system used in the attack was an Iranian Shahed-136 UAV, and these are manufactured only in Iran.”
6. Wide shot Zahra Ershadi walks up to the podium
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Zahra Ershadi, Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Iran:
“We just heard a distorted statement about the Mercer Street vessel incident. Let me say a few words about it. First, our thoughts are with the families of those who have lost their loved ones in that unfortunate incident. Immediately following this event, Israeli officials accused Iran of the incident. This is what they usually do. It is a standard practice of the Israeli regime. Its aim is to divert attention of the world public opinion from the regime’s crimes and inhuman practices. In the region.”
8. Zoom out, Ershadi walks away

STORYLINE:

The United Kingdom’s Ambassador, Barbara Woodward, today (6 Aug) told reporters that “the UK knows that Iran was responsible” for the attack against the MV Mercer Street vessel, operated by an Israeli-owned firm, off the coast of Oman last week, killing a British national and a Romanian citizen.

Talking to reporters outside the Security Council, Woodward said, “we know it was deliberate and targeted. There is no justification for what happened: a state-sanctioned attack on a civilian vessel passing peacefully through international waters. Tragically, two civilians, a Romanian and a British citizen, died as a result of Iran’s disregard for international law.”

The UK Ambassador said, “the evidence, we are confident - based on our assessment of the debris that was recovered from the MV Mercer Street - that the system used in the attack was an Iranian Shahed-136 UAV, and these are manufactured only in Iran.”

Following her intervention, Iranian Ambassador Zahra Ershadi said, “we just heard a distorted statement about the Mercer Street vessel incident. Let me say a few words about it. First, our thoughts are with the families of those who have lost their loved ones in that unfortunate incident. Immediately following this event, Israeli officials accused Iran of the incident. This is what they usually do. It is a standard practice of the Israeli regime. Its aim is to divert attention of the world public opinion from the regime’s crimes and inhuman practices. In the region.”
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