By Pooya Stone

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said that there is “strong evidence” that Iran was responsible for the attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman last week, which supports the comments previously made by the US.

At a news conference in Berlin on Tuesday, following talks with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, Merkel said: “We, of course, take these explanations very seriously, and there is strong evidence.”

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By Jubin Katiraie

United States President Donald Trump said Tuesday the US was “very prepared” for any situation with Iran, following an escalation of tensions over the past week.

It began on Thursday, the US accused Iran of attacking two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman. Iran denied the attack, but the commander of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards Corps Brigadier General Hossein Salami has since claimed that its ballistic missiles were capable of hitting “carriers in the sea”, which some observers see as an indication that Iran did attack these tankers.

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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 Jubin Katiraie

The Pentagon announced Monday that the US will send 1,000 additional forces and more military resources to the Middle East as tensions with Iran continue to grow.

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said in a statement: "In response to a request from the US Central Command for additional forces, and with the advice of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and in consultation with the White House, I have authorized approximately 1,000 additional troops for defensive purposes to address air, naval, and ground-based threats in the Middle East."

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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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