"Having spoken to President Trump, I am absolutely clear that for America they want this to end in negotiations". He joined the U.S.in accusing its bitter rival Iran of being behind the attacks on two oil tankers traveling near the Strait of Hormuz, a vital trade route for Arabian energy exports.
The officials further noted that the discussions are centred on the mission of deterrence and defence against Iranian aggression and what specific forces would be needed to conduct that mission.
Israel has been calling Iranian officials all sorts of names, and accused them of preparing for a war against Israel that aims to destroy the country and remove it from the face of the Earth.
A US Central Command spokesman said Iranian Revolutionary Guard troops had fired a modified surface-to-air missile to try to bring down a drone that had been observing the Front Altair and Kokuka Courageous tankers.
Tensions in the Persian Gulf have escalated since the USA sent an aircraft carrier strike group and other military assets to the region in what it says is defensive posturing against alleged Iranian threats.
For Abe, who is determined to demonstrate Japan's influence in global affairs and capacity to serve as a diplomatic bridge in troubled regions, the escalation of tensions between Washington and Tehran at the time of his visit was a hard lesson about the Middle East's realities.
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Tensions in the region have been rising since the Trump administration pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal and reimposed punishing economic sanctions on Tehran.
Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih said on Monday that, after the attacks, countries must cooperate to keep shipping lanes open for oil and other energy supplies to ensure stable supplies.
'It is the assessment of the USA government that Iran is responsible for today's attacks in the Gulf of Oman.
Two oil tankers close to the Strait of Hormuz were harmed in speculated assaults on Thursday, a strike that left one on fire and hapless as mariners were emptied from the two vessels and the US Navy hurried to help.
The United States also believes Iranians fired a missile at a U.S. drone in the area hours before the attack but missed, a USA official told CNN. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the U.S.is considering a full range of options.
US Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said Washington was "planning various contingencies" when asked if more military forces would be sent to the area.
Iran has denied any involvement in the twin attacks. The missile did not hit the drone, the official said. "We don't want war".