UK warns US-Iran conflict could break out by accident

World News

May 13, 2019 - 10:12 AM

BRUSSELS (AP) — Britain warned today that conflict might break out “by accident” amid rising tensions between the United States and Iran, as U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held talks with European Union powers backing the nuclear deal with the Islamic republic.

The warning came as Saudi Arabia said that two of its oil tankers were sabotaged off the coast of the United Arab Emirates in attacks Sunday that caused “significant damage” to the vessels, one of them as it was heading to pick up Saudi oil to take to the U.S.

Washington has warned ships that “Iran or its proxies” could be targeting maritime traffic in the Persian Gulf region and said it was deploying an aircraft carrier and B-52 bombers to the Persian Gulf to counter alleged threats from Tehran.

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