United States considers full options to address attack on oil tankers: Pompeo

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blamed Iran today for last week's attacks on oil tankers and vowed that the United States will guarantee free passage through the vital Strait of Hormuz.

Diplomatic sources based at the UN's NY headquarters told the Hebrew-language Israeli newspaper Maariv that they are assessing USA plans to carry out the assault.

U.S. President Donald Trump said Friday that if Iran blocks the Strait of Hormuz, "it's not going to be closed for long", but did not elaborate. Britain, at odds with Washington over how to handle Iran, acknowledges the USA policy of applying maximum economic pressure is taking a huge toll on Iran and has pushed the country close to insolvency. "We remain hopeful in attaining a broader framework for cooperation with Iran", he said at a summit in Bulgaria. One Western diplomat reportedly said the bombing will be "massive" but "limited to a specific target". We don't want Iran to get a nuclear weapon.

That article explained that "Iran has two naval forces with separate missions and commands", and it asserted that this "adds a layer of complexity" to the nation's responsibility for the attacks, even if the U.S. account thereof is correct. NPR's Peter Kenyon reports Tehran summoned the United Kingdom ambassador to protest London's stance on the tanker attacks.

"When you look at the situation, a Norwegian ship, Japanese ship, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, UAE, 15 per cent of the world's oil flows through the Strait of Hormuz, so we obviously need to make contingency plans should the situation deteriorate but we also need to broaden our support for this worldwide situation", he said.

Among other things, the Federal foreign Minister Heiko Maas and his colleagues from Luxembourg and the Netherlands, made on Monday at a Meeting in Luxembourg that you want to draw at the present time, no conclusions.

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Iranian officials have repeatedly threatened to close the entrance to the Gulf - the Strait of Hormuz - in response to perceived Western aggression such as American efforts to impede Iran's oil exports. On May 5th 2019, U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton announced that the United States was sending an aircraft carrier strike group and Air Force bombers to the Middle East because of "troubling and escalatory indications and warnings" related to Iran.

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The remarks came against the backdrop of increased tensions between Iran and the USA, days after two commercial oil tankers were hit in the Gulf of Oman, prompting the evacuation and rescue of dozens of crew members.

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".

Mr Ellwood said while he understood Iran's frustrations over the nuclear deal, "that does not give license to start attacking ships". "The world will see majority", he added.

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