On the question of whether the United States to shift additional forces to the region, Pompeo responded: "President trump clearly stated that Iran will not get nuclear weapons".
"Tanker owners and charterers alike are observing the situation before they commit to more cargoes and ships in the region", Poten noted in its weekly report. "We do not want a war in the region".
Jakob P. Larsen, head of Maritime Security at the world's biggest global shipping association BIMCO, said: 'Following the two most recent attacks, and while we await the results of the investigations of the attacks, the tension in the Strait of Hormuz and the Persian Gulf is now as high as it gets without being an actual armed conflict'.
Tensions between Iran and the United States have risen since US President Donald Trump pulled out of a deal previous year between Iran and global powers that aimed to curb Tehran's nuclear ambitions in exchange for sanctions relief.
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The Japanese-owned Kokuka Courageous was carrying highly flammable methanol through the Gulf of Oman on Thursday when it came under attack along with the Norwegian-operated Front Altair - the second assault in a month in the strategic shipping lane.
Additionally, that Japan's military alliance and Abe's relationship with Trump received negative attention in the Iranian press in the lead-up to his visit also teaches one just how hard it is to maintain a widely perceived "neutral" foreign policy at a time in which more powers-both global and regional-have maximalist agendas in the increasingly polarised region.
President Donald Trump's administration has pursued a number of actions meant to scuttle the agreement, including the re-imposition of U.S. sanctions on Iranian oil. The US has released what it says is video evidence that Tehran used mines to target the vessels. "We've done what we can to deter this", the Secretary of State said in an interview with "Fox News Sunday".
Tehran has strongly denied being behind the attack, which Mr Hunt said built on "a pattern of destabilising Iranian behaviour and pose a serious danger to the region". Furthermore, in April 2019 President Trump announced that he was designating a powerful arm of the Iranian military, its Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, as a foreign terrorist organization.
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said his country hasn't yet made up its mind yet about who was behind the alleged attacks in the Gulf.
Iran has shown no willingness to negotiate another deal and vowed not to enter into talks with the United States while the administration maintains its "maximum pressure" campaign of sanctions.