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US military faces expensive and difficult options in the Gulf

Middle Eastern governments remain divided in their response to the latest attacks against oil tankers in the Gulf.

Saudi Arabia expressed strong support for United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's claims that Iran was the perpetrator of these strikes. "We have no reason to disagree with the Secretary of State; we agree with him," said Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 15, 2019, with the headline 'US military faces expensive and difficult options in the Gulf'. Print Edition | Subscribe