WASHINGTON — President Trump said on Friday that there was no doubt that Iran was behind the explosions that crippled two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman this week and warned Tehran not to try to close the Strait of Hormuz, a major transit point for international shipping.
“Well, Iran did do it,” the president said in an interview on “Fox & Friends” in his first comments since the ships were damaged. “You know, they did it because you saw the boat. I guess one of the mines didn’t explode and it’s got essentially Iran written all over it.”
The president was referring to video footage released by the United States military that it said showed an Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps patrol boat pulling alongside one of the stricken ships several hours after the first explosion and removing an unexploded limpet mine in broad daylight.
“That was their boat, that was them,” Mr. Trump said. “They didn’t want the evidence left behind.”
The president warned Iran not to try to block the Strait of Hormuz. “They’re not going to be closing it,” he said. “If it’s closed, it’s not going to be closed for long. And they know it.”