US points finger of blame at Iran Oil prices surge after suspected tanker attack Two tankers reportedly damaged by explosions Iran: ‘Suspicious doesn’t begin to describe this morning’ Almost 50 sailors rescued from tankers Analysis: How the Strait of Hormuz became the world’s most important choke point T he US accused Iran of being behind attacks in the Persian Gulf on Thursday and said it would raise the issue at the United Nations after two oil tankers were seriously damaged in an attack. The explosions, which left one of the oil tankers burning outside the strategic Strait of Hormuz waterway, marked the most serious incident since the White House warned in early May that Iran was plotting attacks in the region. Mike Pompeo, the US Secretary of State, said: “Taken as a whole these unprovoked attacks present a clear threat to international peace and security, a blatant assault on the freedom of navigation and an unacceptable campaign of escalating tension by Iran”. During a press conference Mr Pompeo said the US assessment of Iran’s responsibility was based on intelligence sources, the weapons used and the level of expertise needed to execute the operation, saying “no proxy group operating in the area has… Read full this story
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