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US blames Iran for Gulf tanker attack

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo points finger at Iran in Thursday's attacks on two tankers in the Gulf of Oman.
An Iranian navy boat tries to stop the fire of an oil tanker after it was attacked in the Gulf of Oman, June 13, 2019. Tasnim News Agency/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. - RC1D5E81AD00

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pinned attacks on two tankers in the Gulf of Oman on Iran Thursday, just hours after the Pentagon deployed a nearby destroyer to assist victims of the blast.

In brief remarks at the State Department, the top US diplomat insisted that only Tehran was capable of launching the attacks that incapacitated Norwegian and Japanese shipping vessels.

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