The United States and its allies are discussing plans to provide naval escorts for oil tankers through the Gulf, a top US general said Thursday after Iranian military vessels menaced a British tanker.

General Mark Milley, nominated to become the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a Senate hearing that the US has a “crucial role” in enforcing freedom of navigation in the Gulf.

He said the US was attempting to put together a coalition “in terms of providing military escort, naval escort to commercial shipping,” he said.

“I think that that will be developing over the next couple weeks.”

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