West Asia on the edge as war of words between US, Iran intensifies

US President Donald Trump blamed Iran on Friday for attacks on two oil tankers at the entrance to the Gulf despite Tehran’s denials, raising fears of a confrontation in the vital oil shipping route. Iran has dismissed earlier US charges that it was behind Thursday’s attacks that crippled two tankers.

It has previously suggested it could block the Strait of Hormuz, the main route out for West Asian oil, if its own exports were halted. The blasts followed similar attacks a month earlier on four tankers, which Washington.

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