US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has mentioned Washington believes Iran is behind the attack on two Japanese tankers in Gulf of Oman. He believes Tehran needs to finish “successful maximum pressure campaign” of Washington’s sanctions.
“This is barely the newest in the sequence of assaults instigated by the Republic of Iran and its surrogates towards American allies and pursuits. They must be understood in the context of 4 years of unprovoked aggression towards freedom-loving nations,” Pompeo mentioned.
Earlier on Thursday, two oil tankers, recognized as Marshall Islands-flagged Front Altair and the Panama-flagged Kokuka Courageous, had been rocked by explosions in the Gulf of Oman. There’s to this point little info on what truly occurred, however one of the vessels was reportedly hit by a torpedo. Iran mentioned it had rescued 44 sailors from the distressed tankers and known as the incident “suspicious.”
Pompeo did not present any proof for his claims, however reminded reporters that again in April Iran threatened to interrupt the circulate of oil via the Strait of Hormuz.
He listed a sequence of incidents in the Middle East, together with the attack on tanker ships at port in the United Arab Emirates, that US has blamed on Iran. There has been no proof provided by the US that Tehran is behind the assaults, and Iran denies any involvement.
ompeo, nevertheless, claimed that Tehran was “lashing out” at Washington’s “successful maximum pressure campaign” which has consisted of a number of layers of sanctions.
No financial sanctions entitle the Islamic Republic to attack harmless civilians.
US ambassador to the UN Jonathan Cohen has been instructed to carry up “Iran’s attacks” in the UN Security Council session on Thursday afternoon.
In current months, Washington has stepped up the strain on the Islamic Republic to renegotiate the nuclear deal signed in 2015 between world powers, however unilaterally scrapped by the Trump administration final May. So far, Iran has indicated no willingness to take action, arguing the US should follow the deal it signed in 2015.