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6/16, 10:13 PM (Source: TeleTrader)
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Pompeo: US to guarantee pass through Strait of Hormuz

United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo once again accused Iran of "unmistakably" being behind the attack on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman and promised that the US will guarantee free passage through the Strait of Hormuz between the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman.

"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," Pompeo told Fox News. He added that "the intelligence community has lots of data, lots of evidence. The American people should rest assured we have high confidence with respect to who conducted these attacks."

"What you should assume is we are going to guarantee freedom of navigation throughout the strait," he said and added that the US does not want a war but that "the Iranians should understand very clearly that we will continue to take actions that deter Iran from engaging in this... kind of behavior."

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