Mike Pompeo rallies foreign leaders against Iran over alleged oil attacks

US secretary of state appeals to Asian countries dependent on Gulf shipping for fuel, says new US deployment to Middle East is possible

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrives to speak at the State Department, June 13, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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WASHINGTON (AP) — US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has reached out to wary foreign leaders to frame alleged Iranian attacks in a Middle East oil shipping route as a problem for the world at large, especially for Asian countries vitally dependent on that oil.

Pompeo, in a series of Sunday television interviews, emphasized the US international outreach in the wake of what the US said were Iranian attacks Thursday on two oil tankers near the Strait of Hormuz.