June 14, 2019 / 10:30 AM / 2 months ago

EU calls for maximum restraint as U.S. blames Iran for tanker attacks

FILE PHOTO: An European Union flag flutters above the Germany's Christian Democratic Union party (CDU) headquarters after first poll results of the European Parliament elections in Berlin, Germany, May 26, 2019. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union called on Friday for maximum restraint amid mounting tensions over U.S. accusations against Iran over attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman.

“We are gathering more information and we are assessing the situation,” a spokeswoman for the EU’s foreign service told reporters. “We have said repeatedly that the region doesn’t need further escalation, it doesn’t need destabilisation, it doesn’t need further tension and therefore we call for maximum restraint and to avoid provocations.”

Iran on Friday denied responsibility for the attacks.

Reporting by Alissa de Carbonnel; Editing by Mark Heinrich

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