Pompeo vows USA will guarantee ships passage through Strait of Hormuz

U.S. President Donald Trump meets with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for a bilateral meeting in Tokyo Japan

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said intelligence reports contributed to the assessment by U.S. military that Iran was behind the attacks.

In a statement, British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt condemned the attacks and said they had violated global norms and called on Iran to stop all forms of "destabilising behaviour".

"Britain should act to ease tensions in the Gulf, not fuel a military escalation that began with United States withdrawal from the Iran nuclear agreement", he added", he said, referring to Washington's withdrawal from a 2015 pact to curb Tehran's nuclear plans.

Trump spoke with Abe on Friday, discussing issues including Abe's "recent travel to Iran and the circumstances surrounding the attacks on two tankers in the Gulf of Oman", according to a White House statement. He gave no details.

"The United States is going to make sure that we take all the actions necessary, diplomatic and otherwise, that achieve that outcome", he told Fox.

The United States also believes Iranians fired a missile at a USA drone in the area hours before the attack but missed, a U.S. official told CNN.

The United States and Iran, the latter a great regional power, should recognize the weight of their responsibilities.

"I guess one of the mines didn't explode and it's probably got essentially Iran written all over it", he said.

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The U.S. has accelerated the deployment of the USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier battle group to the region, sent four nuclear-capable B-52 bombers to Qatar and bolstered its defenses in the region by deploying more Patriot air defense systems. "But we won't hesitate to deal with any threat to our people, our sovereignty, our territorial integrity and our vital interests", Prince Mohammed said in excerpts published early Sunday of an interview to pan-Arab daily Asharq al-Awsat.

"We don't need further escalation", said Maas. An American military response hasn't been ruled out, they said, and all options are on the table.

Mr Hunt said it was "essential" that vessels and their crews can pass through worldwide waters unmolested and called on the Islamic Republic to "stop all forms of destabilising activity".

Iran's Foreign Ministry said the head of its European affairs Mahmoud Barimani met Mr Macaire on Saturday and "strongly protested against the unacceptable and anti-Iranian positions of the British government". One of the tankers is owned by a Japanese company and was reportedly fired on twice.

Pompeo's remarks came just hours after the tankers were attacked.

Such a move would disrupt oil tankers traveling out of the Gulf region and likely lead to a sharp rise in world oil prices.

English-language Iranian television aired footage of the 23 crew members rescued from the Norwegian-owned Front Altair.

"But this incident must not be used as a pretext for a war with Iran, a war which would be an unmitigated disaster for the United States, Iran, the region, and the world".

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