US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday said that the United States and its allies will make sure that the Strait of Hormuz remains open, even though building out a maritime security alliance will take more time than originally planned.

“We are going to keep them open,” Pompeo said during an event hosted by the Economic Club of Washington. “We are going to build out our tanker attack security plan. Countries from all across the world who have a vested interest in keeping those waterways open will participate. It will take more time than we wish it would take, but I’m very confident everyone understands its importance.”

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