Doubt over use of US force to protect Gulf

Trump creates doubt over use of U.S. force to protect Gulf oil

Babak Dehghanpisheh, Sylvia Westall

GENEVA/DUBAI (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said he was prepared to take military action to stop Tehran from getting a nuclear bomb but left open whether he would back the use of force to protect Gulf oil supplies that Washington fears may be under threat by Iran.

Worries about a confrontation between Iran and the United States have mounted since attacks last week on two oil tankers near the strategic Strait of Hormuz shipping lane at the entrance to the Gulf. Washington blamed long-time foe Iran for the incidents.

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Source: reuters.com

Strait of Hormuz, via BBC.

Strait of Hormuz, via BBC.

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