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US-Iran stand-off takes a dangerous turn

Analysts doubt Iran's involvement in attacks on oil tankers, urge urgent cooling of tensions

The Donald Trump administration is convinced Iran was behind the attacks on Thursday on two tankers in the Gulf of Oman, though regional and security experts remain sceptical.

With Iran rejecting talking to the US under pressure, the stand-off has taken a dangerous turn and is in urgent need of de-escalation.

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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-Iran stand-off takes a dangerous turn'. Print Edition | Subscribe