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Pompeo Blames Iran For Tanker Attack, Trump Expresses Skepticism About Iran Deal

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a media availability at the State Department, Thursday, June 13, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the U.S. believes that Iran is responsible for attacks that damaged two oil tankers near the Persian Gulf.

Pompeo said at a news conference Thursday in Washington that the attacks on the ships are part of a "campaign" of "escalating tension" by Iran and a threat to international peace and security.

He said the United States will defend its forces and interests in the region but gave no specifics about any plans and he took no questions.

Meanwhile U.S. President Donald Trump has responded to today's visit by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Iran saying on Twitter that he appreciated the effort by believed that Iran and the United States were not ready for a deal.