6/14, 9:54 PM (Source: TeleTrader)
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Shanahan: Contingency plans needed after tanker attacks

The United States needs to "make contingency plans" in case relations with Iran deteriorate, United States Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan said on Friday. He added Washington is constantly "planning for various contingencies" but he added that the country is now looking for "support" internationally.

The US blames Iran for the attack on a Norwegian and a Japanese oil tanker in the Gulf of Oman. Shanahan added that measures may need to be taken if the situation worsens as 15% of the world's oil production passes through the Strait of Hormuz, which connects the Persian Gulf to the Gulf of Oman. He pointed out that a number of countries could be affected by the situation.

Shanahan went on to promise that the US will declassify information of the attacks as soon as possible to show information on the ships being mined. Earlier in the day, the operator of the attacked Japanese ship disagreed with the US military and stated that the ship was not mined, but that it was attacked by a flying missile.

Breaking the News / VP