Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the United States believes that Iran is responsible for attacks that damaged two oil tankers near the Persian Gulf.
Mr Pompeo said at a news conference in Washington that the attacks on the ships are part of a “campaign” of “escalating tension” by Iran and a threat to international peace and security.
It is the assessment of the U.S. government that Iran is responsible for today's attacks in the Gulf of Oman. These attacks are a threat to international peace and security, a blatant assault on the freedom of navigation, and an unacceptable escalation of tension by Iran. pic.twitter.com/cbLrWNU5S0— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) June 13, 2019
He said the United States will defend its forces and interests in the region, but gave no specifics about any plans and he took no questions.
- Press Association