Iran’s supreme leader said Thursday that President Trump was not “worthy” of a reply as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s effort to reduce tensions between the U.S. and Iran ended in a dud amidst today’s attacks on oil tankers.
Abe’s two-day visit to Iran was the very first by a Japanese prime minister in decades and was focused on finding a diplomatic solution to the heightened stress between Washington and Tehran.
Trump weighed in on Abe’s visit, saying that while he valued the prime minister’s objectives, neither the U.S. nor Iran was all set for another offer. “They are not ready, and neither are we!” Trump composed in a tweet.
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Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, meanwhile, took a more personal chance at Trump, stating the U.S. president was just not “deserving” of his reply.
” I do not see Trump as worthy of any message exchange, and I do not have any reply for him, now or in future,” Iranian state media priced estimate Khamenei as stating, Reuters reported.
” I do not see Trump as worthy of any message exchange, and I do not have any reply for him, now or in future.”
— Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei
But the effort to find a peaceful service to the current standoff rapidly soured thanks to outdoors forces. On Tuesday, the day of Abe’s arrival, Iran-backed rebels in Yemen struck a Saudi airport, injuring 26 individuals.
On Thursday, 2 oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman were reportedly assaulted, with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blaming the Iranian regime for the “outright assault.”
Meanwhile, Chinese President Xi Jinping fulfilled Friday with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani at a summit in Kyrgyzstan and reaffirmed Beijing’s dedication to cultivate ties with the Iranian regime, potentially irritating American officials who fear a conditioning of ties in between enemies of the U.S.
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Pompeo said during the press conference on Thursday that the claim that Iran committed the attacks on oil tankers is based “intelligence, the weapons utilized, the level of expertise required to carry out the operation, recent similar Iranian attacks on shipping, and the truth that no proxy group operating in the location has the resources and efficiency to act with such a high degree of elegance.”
He charged that Iran was working to interrupt the flow of oil through the Strait of Hormuz and this was an intentional part of a project to intensify stress, adding that the U.S. would defend its forces and interests in the area, although he did not elaborate.
In a press release, Iran’s U.N. Objective stated the country rejected claims that it was responsible for the incidents. “Iran stands prepared to play an active and constructive function in ensuring the security of strategic maritime passages as well as promoting peace, stability and security in the area,” the statement said.
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Iran’s foreign minister, Javad Zarif, meanwhile, said of the most recent event: “Suspicious doesn’t start to explain what likely transpired this early morning.”