Tanker attacks create "hugely worrying" situation in Gulf

Saul Bowman
June 18, 2019

"I'm confident that when they see the risk, the risk of their own economies and their own people and outrageous behavior of the Islamic Republic of Iran, they will join us in this".

The UK, in a statement, said that Iran should be held responsible for the attack on four oil tankers off the port of Fujairah last month.

But he emphasized that President Trump does not want to go to war with Iran. "We don't believe anyone else could have done this", Hunt told a BBC talk show.

On Saturday, Iran summoned the British ambassador to Tehran after London blamed it for the attacks.

"We've done what we can to deter this", Pompeo said in an interview with Fox News Sunday, adding: "The Iranians should understand very clearly that we will continue to take actions that deter Iran from engaging in this kind of behaviour".

The plan would be for the United States to launch an aerial bombardment of an Iranian facility linked to its nuclear program, the officials claims, according to the Post.

In response, Mr Corbyn tweeted: "Britain should act to ease tensions in the Gulf, not fuel a military escalation that began with U.S. withdrawal from the Iran nuclear agreement".

Thursday's attack on two tankers - the Japanese-owned Kokuka Courageous that was carrying highly flammable methanol when it was rocked by explosions and the Norwegian-operated Front Altair - came around the time Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was meeting with Iranian leaders in Tehran.

Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, president of the Sweden-based World Maritime University, warned that the latest attacks would have "significant consequences" for the shipping industry as they affect the costs of operation and oil tanker capacity.

Barimani told Macaire that Hunt had "hastily and blindly" repeated U.S. allegations against Iran, and urged Britain to "elaborate on the issue and to correct the position". He stressed a need for diplomacy and said American officials are reaching out to their foreign counterparts. "This is the same man by the way who refused to condemn Putin after the Salisbury Novichok attacks", he said.

Pompeo said the administration had shared the video and other unspecified evidence with Germany and other nations.

The 21 crew members were returned to the vessel by the US Navy after being rescued. "The threat to crews and ships is high". "First inspections are under way and no hot spots have been identified following the fire", the vessel's owners said in a statement Sunday.

The UAE's Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan on Saturday called on world powers "to secure worldwide navigation and access to energy", a plea echoed by regional ally Saudi Arabia after the incident sent crude prices soaring. He also added that the United States "intend to ensure freedom of navigation" in the region and is ready to "take all necessary measures in the diplomatic field and in others".

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