U.S. Navy Says Mine Fragments Suggest Iran Behind Gulf Tanker Attack

By Aziz El Yaakoubi FUJAIRAH, United Arab Emirates, June 19 (Reuters) - The United States sought on Wednesday to bolster its case for isolating Iran over its nuclear and regional activities by displaying limpet mine fragments it said came from a damaged oil tanker and saying the ordnance looked Iranian in origin. Iran has denied involvement in explosive strikes on two … [Read more...]

Tanker Attacks Seen as Calibrated But Risky Iranian Response to U.S. Sanctions

By Babak Dehghanpisheh GENEVA, June 18 (Reuters) - If, despite its firm denials, Iran was behind attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf last week and a further four last month, they represent a calibrated yet risky pushback against a U.S. sanctions squeeze, regional experts say. The targeting of six vessels on a major artery for world oil supplies was a vivid reminder of the … [Read more...]

Saudi Energy Minister Calls for Collective Effort to Secure Shipping Lanes

By Aaron Sheldrick and Yuka Obayashi TOKYO, June 17 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabian Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih said on Monday that countries need to cooperate on keeping shipping lanes open for oil and other energy supplies after last week's tanker attacks in the Middle East to ensure stable supplies. While he did not outline any concrete steps after the attacks that damaged … [Read more...]

UK To Deploy Marines To Protect British Ships In The Persian Gulf

By Verity Ratcliffe (Bloomberg) The Royal Navy plans to deploy 100 marines to the Persian Gulf to protect British ships after a series of attacks on vessels, the Telegraph newspaper reports. Plans for the deployment began several weeks ago and a security committee is expected to meet this week to discuss the matter, the paper reported without revealing the source of the … [Read more...]

US Vows To Protect Shipping in Persian Gulf

By Mark Niquette and Shawn Donnan (Bloomberg) There’s “no doubt” Iran was responsible for attacks on two oil tankers leaving the Persian Gulf last week, and the U.S. will guarantee safe commercial navigation going forward with its partners, Secretary of State Michael Pompeo said. “The United States is going make sure that we take all the actions necessary, diplomatic and … [Read more...]