June 20, 2019 / 11:21 PM / a year ago

Top U.S. House Republicans call for 'measured response' to Iran

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Representative Michael McCaul (R-TX), the Chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, speaks to the news media after attending a closed House Republican Conference meeting with the U.S. President Donald Trump among others at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., U.S., June 19, 2018. REUTERS/Leah Millis

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Several top U.S. House Republicans, including leader Kevin McCarthy, said on Thursday the United States must undertake a “measured response” to Iran after Washington accused Tehran of shooting down a drone and attacking oil tankers.

“Iran directly attacked a United States asset over international waters. This provocation comes a week after they attacked and destroyed two commercial tankers in international waters,” McCarthy and Representatives Michael McCaul, Mac Thornberry and Devin Nunes said in a statement.

Reporting by Eric Beech; Editing by Mohammad Zargham

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