Just over twelve hours after the reports flooded in Washington about the new crisis, Pompeo appeared in the State Department to raise the deal.
"The US government's assessment is that the Islamic Republic of Iran is responsible for the attacks that took place today in the Gulf of Oman, Pompeo said.
He quoted the intelligence, the weapon used, the necessary experience and the improvement of the attack and previous attacks to conclude that it was the last assault by Iran on the "free-nations."
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9659012] The drama on Thursday, in which two ships were on fire, forcing crews to leave their post, is not an isolated incident. This is the product of the growing tension that Trump critics believe is a logical result of the hardline approach announced when the president withdrew from the international nuclear deal signed by the White House to Obama.
Washington insists on its new strategy for economic and political pressure. for Iran, aims to bring the Islamic Republic back to the negotiating table. But many US allies fear it is more likely to lead to military confrontation.
In addition to Iran's rapid warning of CENTCOM attacks and video, there is still no independent international assessment to blame Iran or its deputies for attacks – though suspicions are severe for the Islamic Republic.
19659007] So far, there is no indication that Washington is preparing a military response to tanker attacks. She is more likely to use them to strengthen her position of Iranian abuses.
The United States also called a UN Security Council meeting on tanker strikes on Thursday, but failed to present any evidence to support Pompeo's remarks.
Uncertainty about what is next is also fueled by signs that Trump is not on the same page as senior members of his national security team in Iran.
The President, I do not want to be involved in foreign accidents, is seen as much less angry about the matter than Pompeo and National Security Adviser John Bolton.
Shortly after Pompe explicitly warned that Trump had posted messages, the president still holds the hope for a possible negotiation with Iran
"I do not consider Trump a man deserving
The fog of war hangs over tankers
The question of who is behind the attacks on Thursday may not be
The fog of the war in the region , with bitter rivalries, opaque motives, and boiling tensions, means there are a number of possible explanations for the strike.
If Iran may have sent a message to the US that it is able to keep the world economy redeeming by attacking shipping
One way to consider targeting a Japanese tanker would be to conclude that someone wants to send Trump a message saying his vows to protect US allies are
But if Iran hopes to use Abe's visit to persuade Japan to resume buying oil, despite US pressure, the government will not make any sense to order an attack on a Japanese ship.
Iran is not a monolith. Even if the Iranian forces or proxies are guilty, the action may not have been ordered by Tehran political leaders who are in permanent control of the ruling powers.
The Iranian corps of the Revolutionary Guard has autonomy in some cases. to act outside the auspices of the religious or political authorities of the country
The thriving industry of conspiracy theory in the Middle East also means there are alternative causes for attacks. Can an Iranian enemy, like Saudi Arabia, wanting an American-Iranian confrontation, have no interest in organizing such an attack to affect Tehran?
"Attacks on tankers linked to Japan were reported while PM @AbeShinzo met Ayatollah @ khamenei-ir for extensive and friendly talks," Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif wrote on Thursday.
"The suspects do not begin to describe what may have happened this morning." His previous peak in the latest tensions after four merchant ships were attacked in the Persian Gulf, Iran-backed Hahnih rebels attacking Saudi pipelines and they pulled insignificant staff from his embassy in Baghdad – a potential target for pro-Iran militia in Iraq.
The fact that this attack is more complex and expansive than the previous one is sobering. And it will fuel the worries that the United States and Iran are about to recreate the proxy war in the Gulf in the 1980s, which has been out of control several times