Oil tankers likely attacked, but Iran says it isn’t responsible
The attacks show the prospects of a conflict have spiked since the Trump administration re-imposed sanctions on Iranian oil exports, says expert
Dubai — Two oil tankers were damaged on Thursday in a suspected attack near the entrance to the Persian Gulf, stoking fears that high-stakes diplomatic efforts won’t avert a military confrontation between the US and Iran. Oil prices surged.
The incidents, including an attack on a Japanese-operated vessel, were the second in a month to hit ships near the Strait of Hormuz chokepoint, through which about 40% of the world’s seaborne oil travels. They come as Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo, a rare ally of both US President Donald Trump and Iranian leaders, visits Tehran in an effort to ease tensions...