Iran Focus

London, 17 June - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday that America does not want war with Iran, but will take every necessary action to ensure safe navigation through vital shipping lanes in the Middle East.

Pompeo said: “We don’t want war. We’ve done what we can to deter this. The Iranians should understand very clearly that we will continue to take actions that deter Iran from engaging in this kind of behaviour.”

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By Pooya Stone

The US released a video on Thursday that it says shows the Iranian navy an unexploded mine attached to the Japanese-owned chemical tanker Kokura Courageous, which was one of the two tankers attacked that day in the Gulf of Oman.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blamed Iran for attacking the Kokura Courageous and the Norwegian-owned Front Altair, saying that he had intelligence pointing to the regime. That night, US Central Command released the video.

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By Jubin Katiraie

The US has sanctioned an Iraq-based company for helping Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), which was designated as a terrorist group by the US in April, to evade sanctions and smuggle hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of weapons to Iran’s terrorist proxies.

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By Jubin Katiraie

On Thursday, two oil tankers were damaged just off the coast of Iran. They were sailing through a strategic sea lane when the tankers were attacked. They have been damaged by explosions. The vessels were sailing through international waters after leaving the Strait of Hormuz when explosions went off.

This is the second incident that has happened in the Gulf of Oman in the past month. The attack last month was attributed to Iran.

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By Jubin Katiraie

Iran’s malign behaviour dominates the news, but the authorities’ terrorist activities and nuclear proliferation overshadow what one Republican politician believes should be the major focus for the US: getting American hostages released.

Rep. Michael McCaul of Texas, the ranking Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, wrote: “The United States cannot rest until every single American hostage held by Iran has been brought home safely… At this very moment, [unjustly imprisoned] Americans are spending yet another day away from their families, friends, and the safety of American soil.”

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