While the USA and its Arab allies suspect nobody else than Iran for the sabotage of the ships, the drone strikes being claimed by Houthis - thought to be an Iranian proxy - is good enough a justification for the U.S. to go about settling the score. Yet, this de-escalation mode by both sides does not eliminate the causes that brought the two sides to the brink of a war. "Never threaten the United States again".
Matthew Gertz, a senior fellow at Media Matters for America, speculated that Trump's threat was prompted by a Fox News segment on Iran.
That could give the United States administration the justification it needs to fight Iran under the still-in-effect 2001 use-of-force resolution without congressional approval. There is no evidence that Iran-backed forces were behind the attack, despite reported "suspicions" from Western diplomats.
The use of military force law gave the president the power to use force against "nations, organizations, or persons he determines planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, or harbored such organizations or persons, in order to prevent any future acts of global terrorism against the United States by such nations, organizations or persons".
USA lawmakers clashed Monday over intelligence on Iran, with an ally of President Donald Trump accusing Tehran of provocations that could draw a military response, ahead of a classified briefing on the tensions.
A state-aligned Saudi newspaper called for the U.S. to launch attacks on the country. Last week, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned Iran appeared to be preparing to launch a military strike.
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media, said all those who are being evacuated are foreigners or Iraqis who hold other nationalities.
USA officials said Pompeo told the Iraqis the United States had an "inherent right to self-defense" and would use it if U.S. personnel, facilities or interests are attacked by Iran or its proxies in Iraq or anywhere else.
No country has the "illusion it could confront Iran", says Javad Zarif.
Trump on Friday denied reports of conflict between Pompeo and Bolton, saying, "They say confidential sources".
The U.S. has ordered bombers and an aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf over an unexplained threat they perceive from Iran, raising tensions a year after Trump pulled America out of Tehran's nuclear deal with world powers. Bolton told Fox News a year ago when he took over as national security adviser, he's not calling the shots.
The attack on four ships off the coast of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) last week by allegedly pro-Iran agents still haunts the concerns of the many countries which count on the Gulf waterway to obtain essential oil and gas.
Salami recently became the head of the Revolutionary Guard, a paramilitary organization that wields tremendous influence within Iran.
On Tuesday, President Trump described as "fake news" a New York Times report saying acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan had presented his national security team with a plan that "envisions sending as many as 120,000 troops to the Middle East should Iran attack American forces or accelerate work on nuclear weapons".