Gen. Amos Yadlin, head of the independent Israeli Institute for Strategic Studies (INSS), former military attaché to the U.S., and head of the IDF's intelligence directorate, said neither the Iranians nor the United States want a war but "things can easily get out of control, as it happens very frequently between Israel and the Hamas in Gaza".
Tehran has pointed out that Washington is trying to pressure Iran into negotiating an unfavourable agreement after Trump pulled out of the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) last May, which envisaged lifting anti-Tehran sanctions in exchange for Iran maintaining the peaceful nature of its nuclear programme.
Two oil pumping stations have today been hit by armed drones close to Riyadh in Saudi Arabia, the Saudi Energy Minister said on state TV.
On May 9, the White House asked the Swiss Embassy - which serves as the USA diplomatic representative in Iran since relations were cut after the 1979 Islamic Revolution - to give the leaders in Tehran its number to call and discuss rising tensions and other issues. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had traveled there for talks.
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Some analysts say the chances of a large-scale conflict are still remote. "[Such] negotiations are a poison", Khamenei said.
Meanwhile, the US has expedited deployments to the region in connection with increased concerns about potential Iranian aggression. That follows the deployment of an aircraft carrier strike group and a task force of B-52 bombers into the region.
The United States and its allies have refrained from publicly blaming Iran for the incident, but officials in Washington have briefed reporters that national security agencies believe Iran or Iranian proxies were responsible.
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"We've made clear to Iranians that if American interests are attacked we will most certainly respond in an appropriate fashion". The U.S. supported the coalition for years despite its airstrikes killing civilians, and is only recently beginning to step back after the October killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul by Saudi agents.
Despite the president's denials, it would appear administration officials' comments to the NYT actually align with Bolton's own words and sense of urgency when it comes to dealing with Iran and its nuclear capabilities.
Tuesday's attack was the latest addition to growing tensions in a region vital to global energy production, where strategic shipping lanes carry oil and gas to the West and to Asia. Tweeting at Trump's handle to ensure he would receive the message, Zarif wrote, "ICYMI, before you hired him, this was the plan that [John Bolton] and his #B_team cohorts had for Iran".
Distancing Tehran from the incident, Iran's Foreign Ministry called it "worrisome and awful".
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USA officials say payments for maintenance and equipment for the ship were made unwittingly in American dollars through US banks. It was not immediately clear what happened to the rest of the crew, which at least at one time totalled two dozen members.
Iran's Revolutionary Guards threatened last month to close the chokepoint if Tehran was barred from using it. Mr. Rouhani had declared on May 8 that Iran would not keep this part of the promise after US withdrew from the deal.