Mike Pompeo urges other countries to help protect tankers after Gulf attacks

Tuesday - 18/06/2019 19:55
Washington has blamed recent attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman on Iran. Photograph: -/AFP/Getty Images
Washington has blamed recent attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman on Iran. Photograph: -/AFP/Getty Images
Secretary of state says shipping security was not exclusively a US problem and stresses that Trump does not want war with Iran

The US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, has called on other nations to help safeguard tanker traffic in the Persian Gulf following a spate of attacks on ships which Washington blames on Iran.

On a visit to US Central Command headquarters, Pompeo said shipping security in the Gulf was not exclusively a US problem.

“You have China that depends enormously on energy transiting the Strait of Hormuz. You have South Korea, Indonesia, Japan, all of whom have an enormous interest in ensuring there’s freedom of navigation throughout this waterway,” the secretary of state said.

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