Saudi Crown Prince talks tough on Gulf tension

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman said he “won’t hesitate” to tackle threats to the kingdom, in his first comment amid ongoing tensions with rival Iran following attacks on oil tankers in a vital Gulf shipping channel.

“We do not want a war in the region… But we won’t hesitate to deal with any threat to our people, our sovereignty, our territorial integrity and our vital interests,” Prince Mohamad said in excerpts published early Sunday of an interview with pan-Arab daily Asharq Al Awsat.

The attacks on Thursday on two tankers in the Gulf of Oman sent crude prices soaring amid a tense standoff between Iran and the US.