July 13, 2019 | IFA Staff
This week Iranian officials announced that they are continuing to violate the Obama-era nuclear deal, surpassing the limit on uranium enrichment. Speaking at the Christians United for Israel conference, Secretary of State Pompeo refused to be intimidated: “We’ve implemented the strongest pressure campaign in history against the Iranian regime, and we are not done.”
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Secretary Pompeo further elaborated, “We’ve cut off billions in funds that the Islamic Republic–Iran’s leadership–would have used for various nefarious purposes, not the least of which would have been their efforts to destroy the state of Israel.”
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“Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday denounced Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps for its “attempt to harass” a British oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz, even as the IRGC and Iran’s foreign minister denied that the incident ever occurred.
Britain’s ministry of defense confirmed that three Iranian boats had on Wednesday “attempted to impede the passage” of the tanker, British Heritage, and that a Royal Navy frigate had intervened . . .
Territory authorities said earlier that, contrary to some claims, the supertanker was found to be laden to capacity with crude oil.
Iran’s foreign ministry has denied the ship was bound for Syria, but has not provided an alternative intended destination.
The BBC reports that the British government this week lifted the threat level facing British ships in the Persian Gulf to the highest level – “critical.”
The Strait of Hormuz lies between Iran and Oman, less than 30 miles wide at its narrowest point. It has two shipping lanes, one for tanker traffic in each direction, that are a mere two nautical miles across. The waters traversed are Iranian and Omani territory.
The U.S. is looking to bring together a coalition of countries to patrol the Strait of Hormuz and the Bab el Mandeb at the entrance to the Red Sea, and escort ships using the two narrow waterways, both crucial to world energy and commercial shipping.” (Excerpt from CNS News Now)