U.S. President Donald Trump has expressed readiness to hold talks with with Iran, despite blaming Tehran for attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman.
“We want to get them back to the table,” Trump told Fox News in an interview. “I’m ready when they are,” adding that he was in “no rush.”
Tensions between the US and Iran have escalated significantly since US President Donald Trump took office in 2017. He abandoned a nuclear deal that was brokered by the Obama administration and significantly tightened sanctions on Iran.
Thursday’s attacks further raised questions about shipping through the Strait of Hormuz, a key commercial route, and what steps the United States may take to protect the area.
The US has blamed Iran for the attack, citing a video made from a U.S. aircraft that it claims showed Iranian special forces removing an unexploded mine from the hull of one of the ships.
“Iran did do it,” Trump told Fox. “It’s essentially got Iran written all over it… I guess they didn’t want the evidence left behind.”
Tehran has called to U.S. accusation alarming and wrong.
The Gulf of Oman connects the Arabian Sea with the Strait of Hormuz, which then runs to the Persian Gulf.