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Mike Pompeo Blames Iran for Tanker Attack Without Single Shred of Evidence

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivers remarks to the media at the State Department in Washington, D.C., on June 13, 2019.

In a press conference that immediately evoked memories of the lead-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday claimed Iran was behind alleged attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman without presenting one single shred of evidence.

“This assessment is based on intelligence, the weapons used, the level of expertise needed to execute the operation, recent similar Iranian attacks on shipping, and the fact that no proxy group operating in the area has the resources and proficiency to act with such a high-degree of sophistication,” said Pompeo, who did not provide any details on the intelligence he cited.

After asserting Iran was also behind a litany of attacks prior to Thursday’s tanker incident — once again without presenting any evidence — Pompeo said that,”Taken as a whole, these unprovoked attacks present a clear threat to international peace and security.”