U.S. Blames Iran for Oil Tanker Attacks as Gulf Tensions Climb
Bloomberg | Thu, Jun 13, 2019
by Glen Carey, Verity Ratcliffe, and Anthony Dipaola
The Trump administration blamed Iran for attacks on two oil tankers near the entrance to the Persian Gulf as fears rise that high-stakes diplomatic efforts won’t avert a military confrontation between the U.S. and Iran.
“The United States will defend its forces, interests and stand with our partners and allies to safeguard global commerce and regional stability,” Secretary of State Michael Pompeo told reporters Thursday in Washington, noting that Iran had previously threatened to curtail oil transport in the Strait of Hormuz.