The international community must do more to ensure maritime security in the world’s busiest transit lane for seaborne oil shipments, according to the U.S. special representative to Iran.
Six oil tankers and a U.S. spy drone have been attacked since May either in, or near, the Strait of Hormuz. The flurry of attacks has escalated tensions between the U.S. and Iran.
“Iran has been engaging in these attacks that affect many countries around the world. This is not limited to the United States, Saudi and the UAE. I think what is required is an international response,” U.S. envoy to Iran Brian Hook told CNBC’s Hadley Gamble in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.
“So much of the oil that goes through the Strait of Hormuz finds its way to Asia and so it is not just the region that is a stakeholder,” Hook said.
The Strait of Hormuz, a narrow channel situated between the borders of Iran and Oman, accounts for approximately 30% of the world’s seaborne oil traffic. It is seen as one of the most important…