(Persia Digest) - US Senator and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders in a statement called on President Donald Trump to refrain from using recent incidents in the Gulf of Oman as an excuse to go to war with Iran.

"This incident must not be used as a pretext for a war with Iran, a war which would be an unmitigated disaster for the United States, Iran, the region and the world… I would also remind President Trump that there is no congressional authorization for a war with Iran. A unilateral US attack on Iran would be illegal and unconstitutional," Sanders said on Friday.

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Sputnik reports that Sanders also said the attacks on tankers in the Gulf of Oman are unacceptable and must be fully investigated. The time is now, he added, to bring countries together to forge a diplomatic solution to the growing tensions in the region.

Earlier in the day, Trump told FOX News that recent alleged attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman have Iran "written all over it." Tehran has categorically rejected US allegations and suggested that Washington and its allies have conducted a false flag operation.

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