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in a development that seems to back up White House worries about Iran US intelligence officials on Wednesday told Reuters they now believe Iran had actively encouraged its proxies to carry out this weekend sabotage attacks on for tankers near the strait of Hormuz sources said the government believes Iran gave its quote blessing to bombing operations that hit to Saudi crude oil tankers United Arab Emirates fuel barge into Norwegian tanker the US believes Iran is actively courting militants such as who the rebels in war torn Yemen and Shiite militias in Iraq to carry out such attacks citing credible threats against US forces the US has sent to U. S. aircraft carrier group as well as for B. fifty two bombers to the region in recent days dismissing any threat Ronnie and foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif earlier this week accused quote extremist individuals in the U. S. government of pursuing dangerous policies Tehran has denied any involvement in the attacks and the source said the US does not have evidence Iran played any direct operational role but the sources said they view the attacks is this serious provocation by Tehran posing a significant threat to shipping