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in a sign of rising mideast tensions u. s. navy ships are now accompanying u. s. flag commercial vessels as they passed through the strait of hormuz the entrance to the persian gulf through which much of the world's oil flows the move coming two days after iran seized a marshall islands flag container ship the mayor asked tigress reporter markos and ball has learned the incident might be connected to ongoing violence in yemen people the american government think that one of the very reasons iranians might have done this wasn't some kind of retaliation or reaction to an action by the united states a few days earlier with united states , it's two three of them , from landing in yemen where lisa some speculation or subs suspicion that they were going to deliver weapons or other supplies too goofy , forces in yemen ever try to take over the country with immense factory the united states does have a defense treaty with the marshall islands meaning it may have to step in eventually here state department spokesperson marie harf and under the u. s. republic of the marshall islands compact of free association , the united states has full authority and responsibility for security and defense matters in our relating to the r. m. i. including matters relating to vessels find their flag so we're talking to them about how best we can help , events like this are not unheard of there is a history of you know incidents like this is the best way to put it in this , area around the state of her moves in the lower persian gulf and , prize by this and i think really they're terribly worried about it in the nineteen eighties the u. s. escorted ships during the iran iraq war this incident comes at a critical time in u. s. iranian relations as a countries take part in negotiations over a rod's nuclear program and iran backed military forces operate in hot spots like yemen and iraq