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Oil Tankers Attacked, Iran Blamed

The Trump administration is blaming Iran for attacks last week on Japanese- and ­Norwegian-owned oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman. President Trump has insisted that a video released by U.S. Central Command confirms Iranian involvement in the attacks, which Iran has denied. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the United States “immediately jumped to make allegations against Iran — [without] a shred of factual or circumstantial evidence.” His statement comes amidst renewed U.S. economic pressure on Iran; President Trump has withdrawn from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and reimposed sanctions on the country. Joining Worldview to discuss the latest developments in U.S.-Iran relations is Mateo Farzaneh. Farzaneh is associate professor of history and the inaugural principal of The Mossadegh Initiative at Northeastern Illinois University-Chicago. He is also author of the book “The Iranian Constitutional Revolution and the Clerical Leadership of Khurasani.”

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