Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson has rejected the allegation of the country’s involvement in a recent explosion on board an Israeli-owned ship in the Sea of Oman and warned Israel of a harsh response to any attempts at creating new tensions.

Speaking at a weekly press conference on Wednesday, Saeed Khatibzadeh categorically rejected the accusations made by Israel that Iran was connected to explosions onboard MV Helios Ray cargo ship.

“The fact that the source of such an allegation is the ‘Zionist regime’ reveals how baseless the accusation is,” Khatibzadeh said. “The regime that has occupied Jerusalem is the root cause of all insecurities and instabilities.”

Khatibzadeh also said that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu suffers from a phobic disorder in regard to Iran and wrongly believes that pinning the blame on others would help him settle Israel’s internal problems.

In comments on Monday, Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu accused Iran of attacking MV Helios Ray, an Israeli-owned cargo ship sailing under the Bahamian flag that was sailing out of the Middle East on its way to Singapore on Friday. The crew was unharmed after the blast but the vessel sustained damages. The ship went to Dubai’s port for repairs on Sunday.