U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo claims that Iran was behind last week's attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman, but stressed that Washington does not want to go to war with Tehran. Evidence of this can be documented in Trump's withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, dismantling the signature foreign policy achievement of President Barack Obama.
A third of the world's seaborne oil supply passes through the Strait of Hormuz, a narrow channel bordered to the north by Iran that links the Gulf with the Gulf of Oman.
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.
"Tanker owners and charterers alike are observing the situation before they commit to more cargoes and ships in the region", Poten noted in its weekly report.
Mogherini said that the European Union has called for maximum restraint in the Gulf, following attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman that have raised fears of a broader confrontation in the region.
Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted that it was "suspicious" that the attacks took place during Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to Tehran.
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Iran has denied any role in the strikes south of the Strait of Hormuz, a major transit route for oil. Washington , already embroiled in a standoff with Iran over its nuclear program, has blamed Tehran .
It comes as reports surfaced saying Iran fired a missile at a United States drone before the oil tankers were attacked.
Rising tensions: The US, Saudi Arabia and Britain have blamed Iran for the assault.
Iran threatened to cut the flow of oil through the Strait of Hormuz on April 22, shortly after the United States imposed the strictest sanctions on Tehran's oil exports intending to cripple the Islamic regime's oil sector.
News website Iran Front Page said Mr Macaire had been summoned by the Iranian Foreign Ministry, whose Europe minister had reportedly "expressed Tehran's strong protest to the British Government's unacceptable anti-Iran stances".
With geo-political tensions running high and the United States pointing the finger at Iran it remains to be seen what happens next.
The attacks "underscore the importance of our demands for the worldwide community to take a decisive stance against an expansionist regime", bin Salman said. Iran has denied any involvement and accused the Trump administration of trying to sabotage diplomacy. The missile did not hit the drone, the official said.
Iran, which is struggling with crippling USA sanctions, has repeatedly warned in the past that it could block the Strait in a relatively low-tech, high-impact countermeasure to any attack by the United States.