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Tehran denies the charge. The images also show a hole on the side of the Japanese-owned Kokuka Courageous , that officials say appears to have been caused by another mine. The suspected attacks follow similar incidents in which four other oil tankers were damaged off the nearby port city of Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates in recent weeks.
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    The company's president offered no evidence for his claim . The attacks have escalated tensions between the United States and Iran. Two motor tankers , the Kokuka Courageous and the Norwegian-owned Altair, submitted distress calls early in the morningwhile sailing in worldwide waters.
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