Pompeo Tries Rallying Foreign Leaders in Alleged Oil Attacks

CENTCOM confirms Yemen rebels shot down US drone

The Houthis have stepped up missile and drone attacks against Saudi cities as tensions have risen between Iran and Gulf Arab states allied with the United States.

The US military has released new images it says show Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Coprs (IRGC) removing an unexploded mine from a Japanese-owned tanker following an alleged attack on two vessels in the Gulf of Oman on June 13.

In response to the U.S. government's grainy footage, Germany's Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said, "The video is not enough".

"Pinning the blame on Iran for the suspicious and regrettable incident for the oil tankers seems to be the easiest and most simplistic thing Mr. Pompeo and other US statesmen could do", he noted.

The move was the country's latest signal that it will abandon the [nuclear agreement] unless other signatories help Iran circumvent economic sanctions imposed by President Trump.

The drone attacks come amid heightened tensions between Iran and the US. The STFI was meant to replace the Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges (ISTEX), which France, Germany, and the United Kingdom created in January to facilitate trade with Iran.

In this context, the CENTCOM claimed that the missile was Iranian and failed to shoot down an MQ-9 that was observing the M/T Kokuka Courageous, one of the two tankers that were attacked in the Gulf of Oman.

The Pentagon announced Monday that Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has authorized sending another 1,000 troops to the Middle East, following the attacks.

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"This is one way for the Iranians to showcase that, if they're going to be paying the costs of sanctions and political isolation, that they can actually begin to impose similar costs on the United States", she said.

"We remain hopeful in attaining a broader framework for cooperation with Iran", he said at a summit in Bulgaria.

While calling for "maximum restraint", Mogherini additionally emphasized that Iran has still remained "compliant with its nuclear commitments" under the global agreement the JCPOA, despite the fact that Washington illegally violated the deal in May 2018 and reimposed suffocating sanctions on Tehran in November. "Those facing us are a group of politicians with little experience".

The Gulf of Oman is near the Strait of Hormuz at the mouth of the Persian Gulf, through which much of the world's oil passes. "We have briefed the president a couple of times".

Steve Scalise, the No. 2 House of Representatives Republican, said the White House had been briefing Congress on Iran.

Iran has repeatedly threatened to block the Hormuz Strait, a narrow seaway vital to the world's oil supplies, in the event of a conflict with the US.

When asked Monday whether he was considering military action against Iran, the president told TIME, "I wouldn't say that". Mr Raab said the Labour leader was allowing "his anti-American prejudice to skew his moral compass and political judgment".

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