Trump blames Iran for tanker attacks but calls for talks
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is blaming Iran for attacks on oil tankers near the strategic Strait of Hormuz. But he’s also hoping that implicit U.S. threats to use force will yield talks with the Islamic Republic as the Pentagon considers beefing up defenses in the Persian Gulf area.
A day after explosions blew holes in two oil tankers just outside Iran’s territorial waters, rattling international oil markets, the administration seemed caught between pressure to punish Iran and reassure Washington’s Gulf Arab allies without drawing the U.S. closer to war.
Trump said Friday on Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends” that “Iran did it.” And the U.S. military released video it said showed Iran’s Revolutionary Guard removing an unexploded mine from one of the oil tankers.