WASHINGTON, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reiterated Sunday that Iran is responsible for the recent attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman, saying “it’s unmistakable what happened here.” In an interview to Fox network, Pompeo said “these were attacks by the Islamic Republic of Iran on commercial shipping on the freedom of navigation with the clear intent to deny transit through the Strait (of Hormuz).” He affirmed “there’s no doubt. The intelligence community has lots of data, lots of evidence — the world will come to see much of it.” He stressed “what you should assume is we are going to guarantee freedom of navigation throughout the strait.” “This is an international challenge, important to the entire globe. The United States is going to make sure that we take all the actions necessary, diplomatic and otherwise, that achieve that outcome,” he remarked.
He added “we don’t want war. We’ve done what we can to deter this. The Iranians should understand very clearly that we will continue to take actions that deter Iran from engaging in this kind of behavior.” Meanwhile, the US top diplomat told CBS network “this is a regime that has caused much trouble around the world. The last 40 days we’ve seen a number of activities, not just these past two, but four other commercial ships which challenged the international norms of freedom of navigation.” He affirmed that the US is “considering a full range of options. We are confident that we can take a set of actions that can restore deterrence which is our mission set.” Last Friday, Pompeo said that the Islamic Republic of Iran is “responsible for the attack” that occurred in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday, saying the assessment is based “on intelligence, the weapons used, the levels of expertise needed to execute the operation, recent similar raiding attacks on shipping, and the fact that no proxy group operating in the area has the resources and the proficiency to act with such a high degree of sophistication.”
Source: Kuwait News Agency