USA plans coalition of allies to patrol waters off Iran and Yemen

Chairman General Joseph Dunford

U.S. wants military coalition to safeguard waters off Iran, Yemen

Esper said at the time that the plans would have to be further refined. On the opposite hand, the goal might perhaps perhaps be for assorted nations to give boats to attach patrols interior attain, and escort commercial ships carrying their flags by the convey.

Earlier, US Fifth Fleet Commander Vice Admiral Jim Malloy said the Navy would not rule out sending the USS Abraham Lincoln carrier strike group through the Strait of Hormuz if doing so was found to be necessary.

Nevertheless, this is another step that lowers the barrier to conflict by introducing more warships and more potential belligerent to the area. "We all have to be cautious about a spark that could be ignited and that's why any military protection or convoy scheme should be co-ordinated".

USA officials have maintained that the military coalition will secure navigation routes between Yemen and Iran, adding another layer of complexity to the troubled waters of the Middle East.

He said the United States is "uniquely capable" of providing intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance while the actual patrolling and escorting will be done by other nations while noting that the plan is "scalable" depending on the size of the coalition.

The coalition must ensure freedom of navigation in Hormuz and Bab-El-Mandeb Strait.

Some 16.8m barrels per day of crude oil transits through the Strait of Hormuz, with some 76% destined for Asia, data show.

The United States, as well as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, have long fretted over attacks by Iran-aligned Houthi fighters in the narrow Bab al-Mandab waterway, which connects the Red Sea with the Gulf of Aden and the Arabian Sea.

Gen Dunford said the USA would "work directly with the militaries to identify the specific capabilities" each country has to support the initiative.

Pacific Voyager, an Isle of Man-flagged oil tanker, is now sheltering off the coast of Saudi Arabia amid fears it will be seized in a tit-for-tit response. It was chartered by SK Corp for a voyage to South Korea, fixture information shows.

The UK, which moreover has a naval unhealthy in Bahrain, acknowledged it used to be "repeatedly monitoring the safety concern" in the convey and used to be "dedicated to affirming freedom of navigation in accordance with global law".

Within the meantime, Iran's President Hassan Rouhani accused the United Kingdom of being "the initiator of insecurity at sea" by seizing an Iranian oil tanker that used to be heading to Syria off Gibraltar final week.

Hassan Rouhani was quoted as calling the seizure "mean and wrong" during a Cabinet meeting.

Both countries weaponised the sea to damage each other's economy, in particular, their oil industries, through a war of economic attrition.

Reuters reported that under the plan, which has only been finalised in recent days, the United States would provide command ships and lead surveillance efforts for the military coalition.

The US has blamed Iran for assaults on six oil tankers in May perhaps perhaps perhaps and June.

Japan said it was "quite concerned" about mounting tensions in the Middle East.

Chancellor Angela Merkel told a news conference in Berlin that talks were still underway.

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