Early Thursday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made a statement regarding the attack on the oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman, blaming Iran. He stated that the assessment was based on intelligence, the type of weapons used, and the level of expertise needed, as well as similar Iranian attacks on shipping.
Iran’s foreign minister Javad Zarif said of the latest incident: “Suspicious doesn’t begin to describe what likely transpired this morning.”
But U.S. officials have repeatedly warned that the Iranian regime is posing a credible threat in the Middle East, prompting the Trump administration to beef up security in the region in the form of additional bombers and troops.
Gen. Frank McKenzie, the head of American forces in the Middle East, warned during a recent trip to the region of an unspecified “imminent” threat from Iran.