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Posted by: thepinetree on 06/14/2019 09:15 AM Updated by: thepinetree on 06/14/2019 09:15 AM
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Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo on Attacks in Gulf of Oman

Washington, DC...Good afternoon. It is the assessment of the United States Government that the Islamic Republic of Iran is responsible for the attacks that occurred in the Gulf of Oman today. 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.





This is only the latest in a series of attacks instigated by the Islamic Republic of Iran and its surrogates against American and allied interests, and they should be understood in the context of 40 years of unprovoked aggression against freedom-loving nations.

On April 22nd, Iran promised the world that it would interrupt the flow of oil through the Strait of Hormuz. It is now working to execute on that promise. In early May, the Revolutionary Guard Corps attempted the covert deployment of modified dhows capable of launching missiles.

On May 12th, Iran attacked four commercial ships near the Strait of Hormuz.

On May 14th, Iran-backed surrogates attacked by armed drones — struck two strategically important oil pipelines into Saudi Arabia.

On May 19th, a rocket landed near the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.

On May 31st, a car bomb in Afghanistan wounded four U.S. service members, killed four Afghan civilians, and wounded bystanders.

Yesterday, Iranian surrogates fired a missile into Saudi Arabia, striking the arrivals terminal of an international airport, injuring 26 people.

Taken as a whole, these unprovoked attacks present a clear threat to international peace and security, a blatant assault on the freedom of navigation, and an unacceptable campaign of escalating tension by Iran.

Prime Minister Abe made a trip, a historic trip to Iran, to ask the regime to de-escalate and enter into talks. Iran’s supreme leader rejected Prime Minister Abe’s diplomacy today by saying he has no response to President Trump and will not answer. The supreme leader’s government then insulted Japan by attacking a Japanese oil tanker just outside of Iranian waters, threatening the lives of the entire crew, creating a maritime emergency.

Iran’s foreign minister today responded to these attacks. He said sardonically, quote, “Suspicious doesn’t begin to describe what likely transpired this morning,” end of quote. Foreign Minister Zarif may think this is funny, but no one else in the world does. Iran is lashing out because the regime wants our successful maximum pressure campaign lifted. No economic sanctions entitle the Islamic Republic to attack innocent civilians, disrupt global oil markets, and engage in nuclear blackmail. The international community condemns Iran’s assault on the freedom of navigation and the targeting of innocent civilians.

Today, I have instructed our UN Ambassador Jonathan Cohen to raise Iran’s attacks in the UN Security Council meeting later this afternoon. Our policy remains an economic and diplomatic effort to bring Iran back to the negotiating table at the right time, to encourage a comprehensive deal that addresses the broad range of threats – threats today apparent for all the world to see – to peace and security.

Iran should meet diplomacy with diplomacy, not with terror, bloodshed, and extortion. The United States will defend its forces, interests, and stand with our partners and allies to safeguard global commerce and regional stability. And we call upon all nations threatened by Iran’s provocative acts to join us in that endeavor.

Thank you.


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No Subject
Posted on: 2019-06-14 10:27:20   By: Anonymous
 
So, here we go... perhaps off to war again. Iran's economy is collapsing because of Trump-imposed tariffs; they feel we are already at war with them. The only real question is who else might have benefitted from the oil tanker attacks?

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    Bullets Not Mines
    Posted on: 2019-06-14 11:08:36   By: Anonymous
     
    Once again, the US war machine led by Bolton, Pompeo, are trying a big lie to start a war.

    The Japanese have stated their ship was hit by bullets, not mines. The Japanese have more credibility than the liars Bolton and Pompeo.

    Dump wants a war because he is losing against the top 4 Democrats in many polls.
    He is losing support from his base and corporate heads with his tariffs blunder.

    The media who is owned by the corporate war machine is once again as during the Iraq war war build up is trying to build up support for war with Iran.

    It is up to us to stop this insanity, all for profit and political power.

    Iran is complying with the nuclear agreement, there is no reason to start a war with Iran. It could start WW3 , which end timer evangelical Pompeo and his sick crowd want so badly.

    Speak up ! No war with Iran.

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      Re: Bullets Not Mines
      Posted on: 2019-06-14 11:15:38   By: Anonymous
       
      Agreed. Typical Republicans. War. Crashing the Economy. Violating human rights. Setting Women's rights back 100 years....All driven by Corporate greed and Evangelicals with an agenda.

      Sick and tired of all this BS. Trump is an absolute liability the Country I dearly love.

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      Re: Bullets Not Mines
      Posted on: 2019-06-14 11:46:31   By: Anonymous
       
      Do you really believe that crap??

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        Re: Bullets Not Mines
        Posted on: 2019-06-14 12:23:22   By: Anonymous
         
        Absolutely I believe that crap. Idiots like you aren't paying attention. Bolton and Pompeo are the same group of liars who lead us into war in Iraq with weapons of mass destruction claims. They lied to us about 500 times about that, it's documented, pay attention! The crew of the Japanese tanker say they were hit by flying projectiles, they were eye witnesses. Why are American intelligence officials claiming it was a mine? Because Trump, Pompeo and Bolton want us in another war and to cover the American false flag attack on the Japanese tanker. If I were that tanker owner I'd be pissed at the US government. Wake up dip-$hi+, these lying c-suckers are shoving it down your.....

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        Re: Bullets Not Mines
        Posted on: 2019-06-14 12:46:45   By: Anonymous
         
        Nothing the poster said is untrue. Where have you been?

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No Subject
Posted on: 2019-06-14 14:35:54   By: Anonymous
 
All indications are the White house occupant would love to have a war - a real fight to display his ignorant might and ongoing need to poke and jab.

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2019-06-14 15:30:54   By: Anonymous
     
    I can see him posing like "W" on the aircraft carrier now. Funny - not - one of the oil tanker owners is telling quite a different story on how this went down.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2019-06-14 15:34:01   By: Anonymous
 
Sure, everything's Iran's fault. And still Trump has failed to acknowledge that his Saudi prince buddy killed that journalist. What's the best deflection I can think of while the economy starts to slow down and tariff costs are passed on to American consumers? I know - an old-fashioned, patriot war!

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2019-06-14 16:21:10   By: Anonymous
     
    Of course Trump wants a war.
    Sitting presidents never lose a second term if we’re in the middle of a war.
    This is all orchestrated bulls*it.

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      Re:
      Posted on: 2019-06-14 17:04:11   By: Anonymous
       
      No believes a administration with zero credibility.

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        Re:
        Posted on: 2019-06-14 18:58:27   By: Anonymous
         
        Absolutely correct - all being all orchestrated - and knowing him he'll pull it off at ALL of our expense!

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          Re:
          Posted on: 2019-06-15 06:34:05   By: Anonymous
           
          Maybe Sarah can take this fool with her.

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            Re:
            Posted on: 2019-06-15 06:36:55   By: Anonymous
             
            The worst administration in the history of America. Straight off of Fox News. Incredibly stupid. Working for the worst president in history.

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              Re:
              Posted on: 2019-06-15 06:39:01   By: Anonymous
               
              Rex was spot on. All a bunch of Morons

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No Subject
Posted on: 2019-06-15 06:55:44   By: Anonymous
 
LOL! All but one comment was made by the same person. Crazy Donna up to her old tricks again...
I am surprised she wasn't able to get a SRS comment in.


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    Re:
    Posted on: 2019-06-15 13:30:12   By: Anonymous
     
    And how would you be able to know that?

    [Reply ]

      Re:
      Posted on: 2019-06-16 01:48:08   By: Anonymous
       
      Don't get uppity, just because he knows and you don't.

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        Re:
        Posted on: 2019-06-16 07:30:56   By: Anonymous
         
        Dear Donald. Can you tell us again that climate change is not real.

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          Re:
          Posted on: 2019-06-16 07:34:44   By: Anonymous
           
          Why don’t you tell us if you get re-elected, there will be no climate change.

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            Re:
            Posted on: 2019-06-16 10:59:10   By: Anonymous
             
            It’s just that Donald Trump is so incredibly stupid.

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