US faults Iran for attacks on oil tankers

The United States Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo has faulted Iran for the attack on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman, calling it “a blatant assault”.

Pompeo said the US made its charge based on intelligence about the type of weapons used.

US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo

However, a top Iranian official has distanced his country from the attack, adding that “Iran has no connection” with the explosions that occurred on Thursday morning.

Scores of crew members were salvaged after explosions on the tankers.

The suspected attack in one of the world’s busiest oil routes comes a month after four oil tankers were attacked off the United Arab Emirates.

No group or country has admitted the incident in May, which also caused no casualties.

The US at the time blamed Iran – but Tehran denied the accusations.

Oil prices jumped as much as 4% after Thursday’s incident.

The Gulf of Oman lies at one end of the strategic Strait of Hormuz – a vital shipping lane through which hundreds of millions of dollars of oil pass.

The oil tankers, Kokuka Courageous and the Front Altair, are owned by Japan and Norway respectively.

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