Iran's Ayatollah said on Thursday that the US could & # 39; do nothing & # 39; to prevent his country from developing nuclear weapons.
Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at a meeting that he had no intention of opening negotiations with Donald Trump.
Khamenei assured the Japanese leader that Iran had no intention of developing a nuclear arsenal – but added that America could not stop us & # 39; if they chose.
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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe meets Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was also present at the meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
Ayatollah deplored previous encounters with the US as & # 39; bitter experiences & # 39; when Abe jumped to Tehran with a message to the Iranian leaders of US president Donald Trump.
Tensions between the United States and Iran, which were already at a high level, were expected to escalate further on Thursday following reports of suspected attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf.
Washington has sent additional troops to the region in recent weeks after Tehran was accused of impending shipping there. Iran has denied being behind previous similar attacks.
State media quoted Khamenei in his meeting with Abe: & # 39; I don't see Trump as worthy to exchange messages, and I don't have an answer for him, now or in the future. & # 39;
Khamenei also said that Trump's promise not to seek a regime change in Iran & # 39; a lie & # 39; , adding that he did not believe Washington's offer to negotiate fairly with Tehran.
At the Thursday meeting, Khamenei said he would not open negotiations with Trump
Abe has visited Iran with a message to Iranian leaders from US President Donald Trump
Tribes between Washington and Tehran have increased sharply in recent weeks, one year after the United States abolished a 2015 nuclear agreement between Iran and the world powers to curb Tehran's nuclear program in exchange for lifting sanctions.
The Islamic Republic of Iran has no faith in America and will never repeat the bitter experience of previous negotiations with America under the JCPOA, said Khamenei, using the acronym for the nuclear deal. No wise and proud nation will accept negotiations under pressure.
Abe told reporters in Tehran that & # 39; Supreme Leader Khamenei has made a note that the country will not make, hold or use nuclear weapons, and that it has no such intentions. & # 39;
Last month, Washington repealed sanctions that allowed certain countries, including Japan, to continue buying Iranian crude oil, basically ordering all countries to stop purchasing Iranian oil or to take their own sanctions.
Despite continued pressure to continue imports, Japan has temporarily stopped importing oil from Iran to prevent US sanctions.
During a visit to Japan last month, US President Donald Trump welcomed Abe's help in dealing with Iran, emphasizing what he called the & # 39; very good relationship & # 39; between Tokyo and Tehran.
Rouhani (third from left) meets Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (second from right) at Sadabad Palace in Tehran
Middle East alert when two oil tankers are hit by explosions and one & # 39; sinks & # 39; in suspect & # 39; torpedo attack & # 39; in the Gulf of Oman – weeks after Iran attacked similar vessels from the UAE
The Middle East is very alert today after two oil tankers were hit by explosions in the Gulf of Oman.
One of the ships, the MT Front Altair, caught fire after a suspected torpedo attack and was feared to have sunk, but the Norwegian owner of the ship says it is still floating.
The Altair and Kokuka Courageous were evacuated after sending emergency signals – picked up by the Fifth Fleet of the US Navy – with 44 rescued sailors.
Britain has insisted on extreme tensions in the Middle East on & # 39; extreme caution & # 39 ;, weeks after four tankers were attacked in a mysterious sabotage off the coast of the UAE that Washington thinks is the work of Iran .
Rook popped out of the Norwegian owner's oil tanker on Thursday after being hit by an explosion near the UAE and Iran in an apparent attack that has sharpened the Middle East
Iran said it was & # 39; suspicious & # 39; was over the timing because Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe today meets the Supreme Supreme Leader of Iran in an attempt to defuse the crisis, while Tokyo revealed that the two tankers & # 39; Japan-related freight & # 39; wore.
Mr Abe had warned yesterday that the tense situation in the Middle East, which has seen furious exchanges between America and Iran, could lead to a & # 39; accidental & # 39; war.
The Taiwanese oil refinery, which charted the MT Front Altair flagged by the Marshall Islands, said the ship was suspected of being hit by a torpedo & # 39 ;.
According to reports, the Front Altair, who was traveling from Qatar to Taiwan, had sustained three explosions and burned down after a & # 39; superficial attack & # 39 ;.
The Iranian news agency IRNA claimed that the ship had been sunk, but the Norwegian owner Frontline insisted that it was still floating.
The crew of 23 was picked up by the nearby ship Hyundai Dubai.
The Altair was loaded in a port in the Gulf with a petroleum product known as naphtha and was on its way to the Far East.
The attacks on Wednesday and Thursday mark the last focal point amid the escalating tension in the Middle East, which broke out again last month after targeting tankers and an oil pipeline (pictured, a diagram showing the location of the May attacks) .
The load of the Altair was worth more than $ 30 million, according to trade source estimates.
Meanwhile, a forwarder said the Panama-flagged Kokuka had sustained an explosion after a & # 39; outside attack & # 39; possibly involving a magnetic mine.
The company operating the ship and departing for Singapore said the attack had caused damage to the starboard side of the ship's hull.
The 21 crew members of the Kokuka were picked up by the nearby Ace Coastal Ace, leaving the tanker drifting and empty after an engine room fire.
One of the crew members was slightly injured in the incident and received first aid aboard the Coastal Ace, while the methanol load of the Kokuka would be intact.
Iran said his search and rescue teams had picked up the 44 sailors from the two ships and brought them to the port of Jask.
Norway has advised its ships to remain & far away from Iranian waters until further notice.
Commander Joshua Frey, a spokesman for the fifth US Navy fleet in Bahrain, said his command & # 39; was aware & # 39; of a reported incident in the area. The fleet received one emergency call at 6.12 am local time and another at 7.00 am & # 39;
Last month, the US deployed B-52 bombers and the USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier (shown in the Arabian Sea on June 1) to support its military presence in the region.
The Maritime Trade Operations of the United Kingdom, which is run by the British Navy, issued the first warning this morning.
The British government later said: "We are very concerned about reports of explosions and fires on ships in the Strait of Hormuz. We are in contact with local authorities and partners in the region. & # 39;
The coordinates provided by the British group for the incident brought it about 25 kilometers off the Iranian coast.
Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said that & # 39; suspicious does not begin to describe what probably happened this morning & # 39; while Iran met Japan.
Benchmark Brent crude oil reached four percent of the trade after the reported attack to more than $ 62 a barrel, according to early market figures.
High tensions in the Middle East and warlike rhetoric from Washington and Tehran have led to the fear that any sudden movement can escalate into a war.
Last month, the US deployed B-52 bombers and USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier to support its military presence in the region.
The Norwegian oil tanker Andrea Victory, one of the four boats damaged in the Gulf, was pictured last month with a big dent in the stern
The apparent attack today will make them continue spiraling, while Japanese Prime Minister visits Iran in an effort to calm the situation.
On Wednesday, following talks with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Shinzo Abe warned that each & # 39; accidental conflict & # 39; that could be fueled amid the heightened tensions between the US and Iran should be avoided.
But his talks with Iran faced a setback today when the supreme leader of the country, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said Tehran would by no means repeat & # 39; with the US.
Khamenei focused on Donald Trump and said he accepted the offer of the US president of "fair negotiations". did not believe.
Mr Abe is the first incumbent Japanese prime minister to visit Tehran since the 1979 Iranian Islamic revolution.
Last month, the Houthi forces claimed responsibility for sabotaging Saudi oil tankers in the Gulf of Yemen.
Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates were confused about the extent of the damage, but photos showed at least one tanker with a hole in its hull.
The Taiwanese oil refinery that chartered the Front Altair (file photo) said the ship was suspected of being hit by a torpedo & # 39;
The mysterious sabotage caused tensions in the Middle East because the US blamed Iran and its allies for the attack – the divers said they were the work of magnetic explosives.
The situation deteriorated after two pumping stations on a large Saudi oil pipeline were attacked by explosively loaded drones, stopping the flow of crude oil.
The incidents led to the fear that a Gulf War & # 39; by accident & # 39; erupted with great vigilance with the American and Iranian soldiers because of the high tensions between Washington and Tehran.
Mr. Abe's warning also came only a few hours yesterday after Yemen's Iran-backed Houthi rebels attacked a Saudi airport and injured 26 people.
The Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthis in Yemen immediately blamed Iran and said Tehran was the rebel group of advanced weapons & # 39; had given.
Saudi officials said the attack & # 39; proves that these terrorist militias have taken over new special weapons & # 39; (and) the continuation of the support and practice of the Iranian regime of cross-border terrorism. & # 39;
A rebel TV network acknowledged the attack and said Houthi troops had fired a cruise missile.
A map with the approximate location of the two ships apparently attacked in the Gulf of Oman today in the newest flash point of the Middle East
The latest crisis erupted after Iranian leader Hassan Rouhani threatened to stop the nuclear deal with the West of 2015, which has already stopped after Donald Trump retired last year.
Tehran has demanded that the UK, France, Germany, China, and Russia help Iran evade American sanctions, which were restored last year when Donald Trump canceled the pact.
Last month, Rouhani said that Iran would increase nuclear enrichment if such assistance were not achieved.
But the White House condemned what Iran & # 39; s attempt at & # 39; nuclear blackmail of Europe & # 39; named and warned: & # 39; Expect more penalties soon. Very fast. & # 39;
The threat also led to a backlash from Israel, where Benjamin Netanyahu warned that he would not allow & # 39; Iran any nuclear weapons & # 39 ;.
Donald Trump's White House has not ruled out military action against Iran, although both parties maintain that they do not want war.
Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said there will be no war while US foreign minister Mike Pompeo said that the US is basically not looking for war.
This photo released by the Iranian state channel showed one of the oil tankers on fire in the Gulf of Oman today after a suspected attack
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