With the recent oil tankers’ blast in the Gulf of Oman fueling concerning of the US-Iran was, Reuters came out with a news report quoting the US military that said the US has no interest in engaging in a new conflict in the Middle East but will defend American interests including freedom of navigation.
The news report further said that the US Central Command said in a statement the destroyer USS Mason was en route to the scene of the attacks that damaged two tankers in the Gulf of Oman earlier in the day.
Key comments from the US Central Command by a spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Earl Brown:
- The US and our partners in the region will take all necessary measures to defend ourselves and our interests.
- Today’s attacks are a clear threat to international freedom of navigation and freedom of commerce.
- We have no interest in engaging in a new conflict in the Middle East.
- We will defend our interests, but a war with Iran is not in our strategic interest, nor in the best interest of the international community.