Donald Trump 'likely' to take military action against Iran after tanker attacks

Washington DC. Pompeo said

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According to Washington, this imagery somehow proves that Tehran was behind the attack. "We've done what we can to deter it", Pompeo said in a TV interview.

Facing twin challenges in the Persian Gulf, President Donald Trump said in an interview with TIME Monday that he might take military action to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon, but cast doubt on going to war to protect global oil supplies.

The Pentagon has released new photographs it says are more proof that Iran attacked two foreign oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman last week.

The United States should view the current situation with Iran as a "hostage negotiation", Washington Free Beacon Editor-in-Chief Matthew Continetti said during an appearance on Fox News Monday evening.

Trump has said the 2015 deal was "fatally flawed" because it did not address Iran's ballistic-missile program or Tehran's purported support for terrorist organizations.

A statement on Sunday said the USA drone, known as a Reaper, was shot down on June 6 by a SA-6 surface-to-air missile fired by Houthi rebels in Yemen.

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While the Trump administration has attempted to convince European nations to echo its narrative that Iran was responsible for the attacks, representatives of major European nations-with the exception of the United Kingdom-have expressed skepticism and called for an independent investigation.

"So far, it's been very minor", Trump said.

Last month, citing increasing threats from Iran in the region, the US rushed an aircraft carrier strike group, a bomber task force and other military assets to the region.

The Administration's mounting pressure on Iran began with a war of words but has escalated toward more serious confrontations.

Tensions in the Gulf and in the Middle East have dramatically risen since Thursday, when two oil tankers were apparently attacked in the Gulf of Oman, just outside the Strait of Hormuz which connects the Persian Gulf with the Gulf of Oman and the open seas.

Iran said on Monday it would soon breach limits on how much enriched uranium it can stockpile under the deal, which a White House National Security Council spokesman said amounted to "nuclear blackmail".

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"We call on all sides to remain rational and exercise restraint, and not take any escalatory actions that irritate regional tensions, and not open a Pandora's box", Wang said."In particular, the USA side should alter its extreme pressure methods".

"These past 40 days demonstrate the malign activity that puts Saudis at risk", Pompeo said.

Iran has repeatedly threatened to block the Hormuz Strait, a narrow seaway vital to the world's oil supplies, in the event of a conflict with the US.

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Jean Asselborn, Luxembourg's foreign minister, said: "I believe that the main task of foreign ministers is to avoid war. But MBS behavior is a game changer".

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