The Pentagon last month announced a decision to send to the Middle East 1,500 American troops along with Patriot systems, drones and fighter jets, a move called by Acting Secretary of Defence Patrick Shanahan a "prudent response to credible threats from Iran".
"The kingdom does not seek war in the region, " the prince said, speaking with the Arabic-language newspaper Asharq al-Awsat.
The United Arab Emirates has joined with shipping companies to increase sea-lane security in the Persian Gulf, Strait of Hormuz and Gulf of Oman, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing Gulf officials familiar with the discussions.
On Thursday, two tankers - one carrying oil and the other transporting chemicals - were attacked near the strategically important Strait of Hormuz. Thursday's attacks took place southeast of the Strait of Hormuz, a vital corridor connecting the energy-rich states of the Middle East with markets in Asia, Europe, North America and elsewhere. Earlier, a U.S. official said Iranian small boats were preventing tug boats from towing away one of the damaged tankers.Читайте также: Gary Woodland Wins US Open With Birdie Putt on 18
As to how to achieve its goal, Pompeo said the USA does not seek war with Iran, but is ready to take actions, including military options, to restore deterrence in the region.
Iran has categorically denied any link to the attacks on the tankers. "The world will see a lot of them", he added.
Asked whether Iran was behind the attacks on the tankers, Hunt told the BBC's Andrew Marr show: "We have done our own intelligence assessment and the phrase we used is nearly certain. We've done what we can to deter this", Pompeo said in an interview with "Fox News Sunday", adding: "The Iranians should understand very clearly that we will continue to take actions that deter Iran from engaging in this kind of behaviour".
On Saturday, it summoned the British ambassador in Tehran to complain about its "unacceptable stance" after the UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt give his backing to the United States, the ISNA news agency reported.
"This raises the question of how the Chinese government will react to potential supply disruptions from the region since they have a lot at stake", Poten's report said. The US has also accused Iran of being behind the May 12 sabotage attacks. We have got videos of what happened. We are urging all sides to de-escalate.
The attacks seem to have pushed up tanker freight rates as shipowners are becoming more concerned about the safety in the region.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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