Iran hints US could be behind 'suspicious' tanker attacks
"The suspicious actions against the tankers... seem to complement the economic sanctions against Iran considering that (the U.S.) has not achieved any results from them," Ali Larijani told MPs.
He backed his claim by saying there had been a precedent "during World War II, when Americans targeted their own ships near Japan to create an excuse for hostility".
Washington accused Tehran of being behind the attacks, that took place at the same time that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was in Tehran for talks aimed at defusing tensions between Iran and the United States.
Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif dismissed the U.S. claim as "baseless" and said Washington had "immediately jumped to make allegations against Iran -- (without) a shred of factual or circumstantial evidence".
Iran has been locked in a bitter standoff with the United States since Trump withdrew from a landmark 2015 nuclear deal in May last year.
Washington has since reimposed crippling unilateral sanctions on Tehran -- targeting crucial parts of Iran's economy, especially the banking and oil sectors -- and launched a military buildup in the Gulf.