U.S. Looks To Build International Support Amid Soaring Tensions With Iran

U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan says Washington is focused on building international support “and making contingency plans should the situation deteriorate” following attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman that the United States blames on Iran."When you look at the situation -- a Norwegian ship, a Japanese ship, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the U.A.E. -- 15 percent of the world's oil flows through the Strait of Hormuz," Shanahan told reporters on June 14, referring to the two most-recent attacks on shipping in the region."So we obviously need to make contingency plans should the situation deteriorate. We also need to broaden our [international] support for this international situation," President Donald Trump earlier in the day accused Iran of carrying out the June 13 attacks against the two oil tankers -- one Norwegian and the other Japanese."Iran did it," Trump said on Fox News Channel. He added that Iran's culpability had been "exposed" and suggested "very tough" U.S. sanctions......................


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