It appears war may be unavoidable with Iran.
All after the U.S. Navy reported that one of its high-altitude drones was shot down by an Iranian surface-to-air missile over the Strait of Hormuz.
While Iran was quick to note the drone was over Iranian airspace, “Iranian reports that the aircraft was over Iran are false,” Capt. Bill Urban, a U.S. Central Command spokesman, said as quoted by Fox News. “This was an unprovoked attack on a U.S. surveillance asset in international airspace.”
What makes the situation even more tense is that Iran says it’s “ready for war” after shooting down a U.S. drone. In fact, the country’s state-run IRNA news agency insisted the Revolutionary Guard hit the drone as a “clear message.”
However, this wasn’t the only recent attack
Reportedly, Iranian-backed forces fired cruise missiles into Saudi Arabia, hitting a power plant. That also follows reports the Pentagon released declassified images showing the sustained damage from one of the two oil tankers attacked last week. In fact, they note the crew of the Japanese Kokuka Courageous found an unexploded mine on its hull after the initial explosion.
“An Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Gashti Class patrol boat approached Kokuka Courageous and was observed and recorded by a U.S. Navy MH-60 helicopter removing the unexploded limpet mine from Kokuka Courageous,” the Pentagon said, as quoted by CNBC. “Iran is responsible for the attack based on the video evidence and the resources and the proficiency needed to quickly remove the unexploded limpet mine.”
It also comes just days before is set to ramp up uranium enrichment.
The country already increased production fourfold and would exceed the limit of 300 kilograms over the next 10 days. That would increase enrichment levels to 20% — pushing it towards weapons-grade material.
It’s no wonder oil prices just rose 3.3% to $55.53.
As tensions increase with Iran, we wouldn’t be surprised to see oil well above $70.