[ti:US Blames Iran for Attack on Tankers in Gulf of Oman] [by:www.myyhpf.tw] [00:00.00]更多聽力請訪問51VOA.COM [00:00.04]American Secretary of State Mike Pompeo [00:03.40]says Iran "is responsible for the attacks" on two oil tankers [00:08.94]in the Gulf of Oman earlier Thursday. [00:13.12]Pompeo said the United States made the judgement [00:17.24]"based on intelligence, the weapons used, [00:20.64]the level of expertise needed to execute the operation, [00:24.84]and recent similar Iranian attacks on shipping." [00:30.20]He added that no other group "operating in the area [00:34.24]has the resources and proficiency [00:37.12]to act with such a high degree of sophistication." [00:42.40]Pompeo also said the U.S. would defend its forces [00:46.92]and interests in the area but gave no details on any immediate plans. [00:53.92]In May, the U.S. sent an aircraft carrier battle group [00:59.28]to the Persian Gulf in response to, what it said, were threats from Iran. [01:05.92]The U.S. had accused Iran of using mines to attack [01:10.00]four oil tankers near the port of Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates. [01:16.44]Iran has denied any involvement. [01:21.00]However, Iran has repeatedly said it would block the Strait of Hormuz, [01:25.98]near where the attacks happened, [01:27.99]if it cannot sell its oil because of U.S. sanctions. [01:33.12]About one third of the world's oil trade passes through the strait. [01:40.24]News of the attack caused the price of oil to jump as much as 4%. [01:47.40]Iran has also warned that it is ready [01:50.16]to break the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers [01:54.37]that the Trump administration withdrew from last year. [01:58.46]Under the deal reached with China, Russia, France, Germany, Britain and the U.S., [02:06.60]Iran had agreed to limit its enrichment of uranium [02:10.77]in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions. [02:15.68]The latest attacks happened as Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe [02:21.24]was meeting with Iranian leaders in an attempt to lower tensions in the area. [02:28.12]Iran's leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned after the meeting [02:33.24]that, while it does not seek nuclear weapons, [02:36.38]"America could not do anything" to stop Iran if it did. [02:42.02]The attack took place one day after Iran-supported Houthi rebels in Yemen [02:48.48]fired a missile at an airport in Saudi Arabia, injuring 26 people. [02:55.60]The Houthis had also claimed an armed drone strike last month [03:00.80]on Saudi oil pumping stations. [03:03.84]Saudi Arabia, which is fighting the Houthis, [03:07.85]called Thursday's attack a "major escalation." [03:13.04]Russia, one of Iran's main allies, urged caution, [03:18.68]saying no one should rush to judgement about the attack [03:22.80]or use it to put pressure on Tehran. [03:27.24]International Tanker Management operates the Front Altair, [03:31.80]one of the damaged tankers. [03:35.00]The company said that an explosion resulted in a fire on the tanker. [03:40.55]Bernhard Schulte Ship management operates Kokuka Courageous, [03:45.78]the other ship involved. [03:47.32]That company said the hull of its tanker was damaged in a "suspected attack." [03:55.72]Iranian state television said 44 sailors from the two tankers [04:01.16]were rescued by other ships in the area. [04:05.60]They were then brought to an Iranian port in the southern area of Hormozgan. [04:11.15]I'm Jonathan Evans. 更多聽力請訪問51VOA.COM 重庆幸运农场开奖结果查