Attacks in the Gulf of Oman

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U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo deliver remarks to the media in the press briefing room at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., on June 13, 2019.
U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo deliver remarks to the media in the press briefing room at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., on June 13, 2019. (State Department photo)

Attacks in the Gulf of Oman

On June 13, Secretary Pompeo delivered remarks to the media sharing the assessment of the United States Government that the Islamic Republic of Iran is responsible for the attacks that occurred in the Gulf of Oman. The Secretary said, "This assessment is based on intelligence, the weapons used, the level of expertise needed to execute the operation, recent similar Iranian attacks on shipping, and the fact that no proxy group operating in the area has the resources and proficiency to act with such a high degree of sophistication."

Secretary Pompeo noted that the attacks in the Gulf of Oman are only the latest in a series of attacks instigated by the Islamic Republic of Iran and its surrogates against American and allied interests. These unprovoked attacks, he emphasized, should be understood in the context of 40 years of unprovoked aggression against freedom-loving nations.

Secretary Pompeo stated that he instructed U.S. Ambassador the the United Nations Ambassador Jonathan Cohen to raise Iran’s attacks in the UN Security Council meeting that occurred on June 13. At the UNSC meeting, Ambassador Cohen echoed the Secretary's comments stating "The United States will continue its diplomatic and economic efforts to bring Iran to the negotiating table, and Iran should meet us with diplomacy not with terror, attacks on ships, infrastructure and diplomatic facilities."

The Secretary made clear, "Our policy remains an economic and diplomatic effort to bring Iran back to the negotiating table at the right time, to encourage a comprehensive deal that addresses the broad range of threats – threats today apparent for all the world to see – to peace and security."

Secretary Pompeo concluded by calling on Iran to "meet diplomacy with diplomacy, not with terror, bloodshed, and extortion." And he underscored that the  the United States will defend its forces, interests, and stand with our partners and allies to safeguard global commerce and regional stability.

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