Oil tankers attacked in the Gulf of Oman

U.S. surveillance has located an undetonated mine on another oil tanker that could lead to clues as to who the perpetrators are; Secretary of State Pompeo believes Iran might be responsible.
2:15 | 06/14/19

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We are also following growing tensions tonight after Iran, after new attacks on shows shipping vessels in the gulf of Oman. One of then thattingers catching the crew on both tankers abandoning ship. We do know that one of the tankers belong to the Japanese. And all of this comes as the Japanese prime minister is in Iran, trying to bridge the gap between the U.S. And Iran. Oil prices spiking today, and so did alarm amid this growing split between the U.S. And Iran. And ABC's chief global affairs correspondent Martha Raddatz was just in Iran. Reporter: Smoke billowing hundreds of feet high from one of the crippled oil tankers. An explosion at sea. The crew forced to abandon ship. The 23 crew members rescued and now in an Iranian port city, the Iranians releasing images of the crew watching television. The crew from the other tanker that was attacked, a Japanese vessel, also rescued and on board the "Uss banebridge." The attacks occurred in the gulf of Oman, about 45 minutes apart, the same waters where four oil tankers were sabotaged last month. Today, the secretary of state wasting no time in pointing the finger at Iran. This assessment is based on intelligence, the weapons used, and the fact that no proxy group operating in the area has the resources to act with such a high degree of sophistication. Reporter: U.S. Officials say mines attached by magnets were likely used in the attack. And the U.S. Navy has spotted an unexploded mine on the hull of the Japanese oil tanker, which could provide further evidence as to who placed it there. There are elements within the Iranian regime that do not want the U.S. And Iran to ever come to the bargaining table. Let's get right to Martha Raddatz, live in Washington tonight. And Martha, you were just in in Iran, interviewing the foreign minister, who said there would be dangerous consequences if. You know, David, I asked the foreign minister specifically about what he meant by consequences, and he told me he would rather keep president trump guessing. But in this case, David, it is the attacks themselves that have escalated tensions.

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