Washington asks Security Council to hold a closed meeting on Iran

The United States on Friday called on the UN Security Council to hold a closed meeting on Iran next Monday after Iran targeted and downed an American aircraft over the Strait of Hormuz on Thursday.

In a memorandum distributed by the Washington Mission to the United Nations on Friday, US diplomats confirmed that they intended to "brief the council on the latest developments regarding Iran and provide further information on the investigation into the attack on oil tankers in the Gulf."

Last night, Washington launched strikes on the Islamic Republic in retaliation for dropping a US military aircraft over the Gulf, but US President Donald Trump retreated just minutes before the attack began.

Tensions have risen in the region following targeting of two tankers in the Gulf of Oman last week by an unknown group and the United States, Britain and Saudi Arabia accusing Iran for the second such incident in a month.

Source: Reuters

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