Donald Trump, US President, blamed Iran on a Friday phone interview in Fox television for an incident in the Gulf of Oman, but said he was ready to negotiate with Tehran.
The United States “does not” easily “attack the two tanker ships,” said the President and referred to the video released by the US Army, which shows that members of an Iranian Nazi are just moving an unexploded mine into a tanker away from. “Iran has done this, it can also be seen from their ship there,” Trump said. He added that the Iranians were trying not to leave behind evidence.
At the same time, the US President did not give a specific answer to the Fox television journalist’s question of what Washington is doing to avoid similar incidents. “We’ll see,” he said.
Trump insisted that attempts to close the Hormuz Strait or obstruct the navigation there would not be successful;
At the same time, the President stressed that his government, despite the incident, was ready to negotiate with Iran. “We want to get back to the negotiating table,” he said. He added that he was personally ready for this, it depends on the Iranians. But – as he said – he was “not in a hurry”.
Thursday morning – under unknown circumstances – two tankers were damaged in the Gulf of Oman. One of them was owned by a Norwegian, and his captain indicated that an explosion had taken place on the ship, and then the ship burst into flames. The other tanker is owned by Japan and sailed from Saudi Arabia to Singapore under the Panamanian rule, but its operator indicated that the shipment was not damaged. The Japanese ship carried methyl alcohol. The Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Zavíf Zavin called “the suspects” and called for a regional dialogue. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced at a brief press conference on Thursday that the United States is responsible for Iran. However, both Tehran and Washington have said that it is not in the interest of widening the conflict.
The incident has caused concern in the world. António Guterres, UN Secretary-General, said on Thursday at the United Nations Security Council (BT) that “the world cannot afford a major confrontation in the Persian Gulf region. The European Union has called for restraint for all parties involved and Berlin has stated that The video released by the US Army is not enough proof of Tehran’s responsibility. According to analysts, Fox’s interview with Trump was one of the three presidents, who did not confirm that Patrick Shanahan was appointed Chief Defense Officer at the Pentagon. .