President Trump: Iran was behind attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman
Calling Iran “a nation of terror,” President Donald Trump on Friday said the Islamic regime is responsible for recent attacks on oil tankers near the strategic Strait of Hormuz.
President Trump said Iran’s culpability was exposed by the United States. While calling into Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends,” he said of the Thursday attacks, “Iran did do it.”
“It was them that did it,” Trump said referring to a video released by US Central Command that shows a small Iranian boat sailing up to one of the ships to remove an unexploded mine from the Japanese-owned tanker Kokuka Courageous.
“We will see what happens. We are being very tough on sanctions … We’re going to see how to stop (it),” Trump said, before claiming that because of his policies “they are pulling back from everywhere.”
While Iran has denied being involved in the attacks, U.S. Central Command released footage it said shows Iran’s Revolutionary Guard removing an unexploded limpet mine from the Japanese-owned tanker Kokuka Courageous.
U.S. officials said on Thursday that the Trump administration was considering a return to providing naval escorts to vessels transiting through the maritime choke point.
President Trump warned Iran not to close off the Strait of Hormuz, saying if it is closed it won’t be closed for long.