US asks Germany to join naval force to protect Gulf shipping from Iranian attacks
The US asked Germany to join the military mission to safeguard the Strait of Hormuz, according to the US Embassy in Berlin.
“We have formally asked Germany to help along with France and the UK to secure the Strait of Hormuz and to fight Iranian aggression,” a spokeswoman for the U.S. Embassy in Berlin said.
Last week, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said Berlin had yet to take a final decision on joining an international coalition to protect commercial ships in the region.
A Royal Navy warship arrived last week in the Persian Gulf to accompany British-flagged ships passing through the Strait of Hormuz, amid tensions after Iran seized a British tanker in the Persian Gulf earlier this month.
Iran’s Revolutionary Guards terror group has released audio and video of its naval unit threatening a British Royal Navy warship to stay out of their way, during the capture of the UK-flagged oil tanker and the kidnapping of its crew.
Iran recently started enriching uranium beyond a limit established in a 2015 nuclear agreement with world powers, a deal from which Trump withdrew. Trump has since intensified economic sanctions on Tehran, and tensions have escalated.