Pompeo says 'there's no doubt' Iran attacked 2 tankers

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In this context, the CENTCOM claimed that the missile was Iranian and failed to shoot down an MQ-9 that was observing the M/T Kokuka Courageous, one of the two tankers that were attacked in the Gulf of Oman. Tehran denies the charge.

The images also show a hole on the side of the Japanese-owned Kokuka Courageous, that officials say appears to have been caused by another mine.

Over the weekend, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reiterated the mission of stopping Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon and held the regime responsible for current escalations in the region.

While the Trump administration has attempted to convince European nations to echo its narrative that Iran was responsible for the attacks, representatives of major European nations-with the exception of the United Kingdom-have expressed skepticism and called for an independent investigation. "The SA-7 was ineffective and its closest point of approach to the MQ-9 was approximately one kilometer".

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Trump said he agrees with the USA intelligence community's assessment that Iran was behind the attacks, saying, "I don't think too many people don't believe it".

Limpet mines are created to disable a vessel without sinking it.

The Kokuka Courageous's 21 crew members were returned to the vessel by the U.S. Navy's Bahrain-based Fifth Fleet after being rescued.

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The other ship, the Norwegian-operated Front Altair, has left Iran's territorial waters, multiple sources said.

The suspected attacks follow similar incidents in which four other oil tankers were damaged off the nearby port city of Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates in recent weeks.

Tensions between the USA and Iran have steadily increased since Trump walked away from the landmark multilateral nuclear deal a year ago.

While calling for "maximum restraint", Mogherini additionally emphasized that Iran has still remained "compliant with its nuclear commitments" under the worldwide agreement the JCPOA, despite the fact that Washington illegally violated the deal in May 2018 and reimposed suffocating sanctions on Tehran in November.

A third of the world's seaborne oil supply passes through the Strait of Hormuz, a narrow channel bordered to the north by Iran.

Not all enriched uranium is weapons-grade level.

Fears of a confrontation between Iran and the United States have mounted since last Thursday when two oil tankers were attacked, which Washington has blamed on Tehran, more than a year after President Donald Trump said Washington was withdrawing from a 2015 nuclear deal. Washington, however, has said its moves are aimed at protecting its interests and allies in the region and does not want to fight in another conflict in the region.