Tensions are rising over the attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman. The USA is blaming Iran for the . The vessels were hit by while sailing near the important Strait of Hormuz. The Strait is between Iran and the United Arab Emirates and around a of the world's passes through it. The Strait is 68km at its point. The U.S. Secretary of State said Iran was behind the " assault". He said the U.S. would defend itself and its against "Iranian aggression". However, he gave no that Iran was behind the attacks.
It is the time tankers have been attacked in the past . Two Saudi tankers were hit in a UAE last month. The U.S. says the recent tanker were caused by mines. It showed a video of Iranian forces removing an unexploded mine from one of the ships. Iran's Foreign Minister described the attacks as "suspicious". Iran's navy is investigating . Iran called the U.S. accusations "unfounded" and "". The Japanese owner of one of the tankers said kind of missile hit his ship, not a mine. The UN said the needed to be "clearly ".