"Would I do that?"
Some have drawn conclusions between the targetting of the Saudi ships and the escalating tensions between the USA and Iran in the Gulf.
"The one thing can I tell with you about my work with the Department of Defense is that they plan for all sorts of scenarios".
The incident comes after months of increasing diplomatic and economic pressure on Iran, which the US accuses of threatening American interests and allies in the region, including Saudi Arabia and the UAE.
"On purchase of oil from Iran, External Affairs Minister reiterated the position that a decision will be taken after the elections keeping in mind our commercial considerations, energy security and economic interests", said a source familiar with the discussion held between the two sides at the Jawaharlal Nehru Bhavan here. Last week, the Pentagon claimed it had intelligence of impending Iranian-sponsored action against US forces and interests, including in Iraq. Ahmed Aboul-Gheit says in a statement that the attacks were a "serious threat to the regional and worldwide security, and the world economy". Two pumping stations on a major Saudi oil pipeline were attacked by drones Tuesday, halting the flow of crude along it, Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih said.
Trump, speaking to reporters, said he would "absolutely" be willing to send troops, but has not planned for that and hopes he won't have to.
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Falih said one of the ships was headed to the Saudi port of Ras Tanura on the Persian Gulf to load oil bound for the US.
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.
Citing heightened tensions in the region, the United Nations called on "all concerned parties to exercise restraint for the sake of regional peace, including by ensuring maritime security" and freedom of navigation, U.N. deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said.
Iran is embroiled in a war of words with the United States over sanctions and the US military presence in the region.
That's the current state of play between the US, Iran, Israel, Saudi Arabia and her regional allies. 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.
Yadlin added that if worst comes to worst, the Iranians have three main tools with which to act - armed speed boats that carry automatic weapons, ballistic missiles, and drones carrying explosives. Washington has reimposed sanctions on the Iranian economy since then.
Yadlin assess that a military clash between Iran and the USA - in the Gulf, Iraq or Syria, or the blocking of the Straits of Hormuz - does not directly affect Israel, but such developments would have indirect implications. That follows the deployment of an aircraft carrier strike group and a task force of B-52 bombers into the region. "We don't see an increased threat from them at this stage". But somebody tried to blow up those four tankers and attacked the Saudi oil facilities. It wouldn't be any stranger than much else that has transpired in the last few months.