Transcript for US blames Iran for oil tanker attacks in Gulf of Oman
We turn to the latest on those rising tensions with Iran. U.S. Officials are now publicly blaming Iran for those attacks on two oil tankers. Our chief global affairs anchor Martha Raddatz is there with more. Good morning, Martha. Reporter: Good morning, Michael. This morning, the U.S. Is not only accusing Iran of involvement in the attacks but providing compelling evidence they say helps prove it. Overnight, the U.S. Military central command releasing this new surveillance video of what they say is an Iranian revolutionary guard patrol boat approaching one of the crippled ships and removing an unexploded mine which could have provided further evidence as to who placed the mines that did explode. You can see the damage to the ship on the left from one of the mines that exploded. These mines are magnetic and still to the side of the hull and hand placed there. Reporter: While the Iranians may have gotten hold of some of the evidence and deny any role in the attacks themselves, the secretary of state says there is no doubt that Iran is responsible for the attacks. This assessment is based on intelligence, the weapons used, the level of expertise needed and 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. Reporter: At tacks came just 45 minutes apart near the coast of Iran and the damage was extensive to one of the tankers, smoke billowing hundreds of feet in the air. This morning, the crew of that ship remains in Iran, the other crew that had been aboard the "Uss Bainbridge" now returned to their tanker which sustained less damage. The question is what happens next in this standoff with Iran. The U.S. Made clear this morning they will defend U.S. Assets and assure safe passage in the waterways in the region but also making clear that war would not be in anyone's best interest, George. Trying to keep a lid on the tension. Thanks. We move to that severe
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