President Donald Trump, telephoned Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe today to “thank him for his efforts to facilitate a dialogue” between the United States and Iran, something that both countries finally discarded on Thursday, amid a climate of growing tension in the Persian Gulf.
The White House gave a statement regarding the call between Trump and Abe, who this week visited Tehran with the aim of mediating at the start of a dialogue between the US and Iran to solve their frictions of the last months.
“The two leaders spoke on a number of bilateral issues, including Prime Minister Abe’s recent trip to Iran and the circumstances surrounding the attacks on two freighters in the Gulf of Oman,” said a White House spokesman, Hogan Gidley.
“President Trump thanked Prime Minister Abe for his attempt to facilitate communication with Iran,” the source added, adding that both also talked about US trade negotiations and the G20 summit, which will be held on June 28th and 29th in the Japanese city of Osaka.
After receiving Abe on Thursday, Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei said he would negotiate with the US. it would not have “meaning”, and he refused to send any message to Trump through the Japanese prime minister.
Soon after, Trump also ruled out a negotiation with Iran, and said on Twitter that “it is too early to even think about reaching an agreement” because neither of the two governments “are prepared.”
Tension with Iran has rebounded since the United States. decided to increase its military deployment in the Middle East, strengthen its sanctions against Tehran and appoint the Iranian Revolutionary Guards as a terrorist group.
In addition, there have been a couple of incidents in the Persian Gulf that have raised the alarm, the last this Thursday, when two cargo ships were attacked in the Oman Sea.
While the USA He blamed Iran for that incident, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohamad Yavad Zarif said one of the boats had a Japanese shipowner and said the event was at least “suspicious,” as it coincided with Abe’s visit to Tehran.