Bolton Holds Iran Responsible for Oil Tanker Incident

What’s next? The US national security adviser John Bolton blamed Iran for the attack on 4 oil tankers in the UAE this month.

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After four oil tankers in the United Arab Emirates were attacked in early May, National Security Adviser, John Bolton stated that Iran was responsible for the attacks, according to CNN. However, Bolton hasn’t provided any evidence that Iran is responsible for anything related to the attacks and has been heavily criticized by the Iranian government because of this. Many within the Iranian government believe that Bolton is only blaming them for the attacks because he previously advocated for a regime change before President Trump took office.

The U.S. and Iran over the past few decades have not had the best relations. There has been a lot of disagreement between the two countries over how oil has been distributed and the U.S. involving itself with Iranian politics. The tensions between both countries date back to the 1979 Iran Hostage Crisis in which over 50 Americans were held hostage within the U.S. embassy in Tehran.

This incident was so infamous to the point that the 2012 Ben Affleck film, Argo, was based off of this event. According to the Council on Foreign Relations, the U.S. decided to close off import and trading routes from Iran in order to counteract the crisis. After over a year (444 days), the hostages were set free on the condition that the U.S. open up the routes again and that they wouldn’t become involved in Iranian politics.

One more incident that personifies the rollercoaster relationship between both nations is the 1988 Persian Gulf incident, in which Iran was responsible for sinking a U.S. naval ship. Later on that year, U.S. military personnel shot down a plane they believed was a fighter jet, but instead was a commercial jet that had 290 passengers on it. The U.S. didn’t apologize for the mistake.

These are just a few examples as to why the U.S. and Iran don’t have the most trustworthy relationship. It was reported that Trump isn’t looking for any regime change in Tehran, but he does want to make sure that the government doesn’t have access to any nuclear weapons. However, CNN also reported that the Iranian government still poses a threat in terms of national security, due to tensions being so high.

The acting Secretary of Defense, Patrick Shanahan, also chimed in on the tensions between both countries stating he feels that Iran’s behavior won’t change and that the U.S. should be cautious of that. The U.S. also sent 1,500 more troops to the Middle East for cautionary reasons.

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What’s next? The US national security adviser John Bolton blamed Iran for the attack on 4 oil tankers in the UAE this month.

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