President Donald Trump warned the U.S. was “locked and loaded” to respond to the attacks, as Breitbart News reported. The president also tweeted he had authorized the release of oil from the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve, “if necessary,” to minimise the effect of the strikes on global oil markets and keep pressure on Iran.
For its part, Iran rejected accusations of complicity and ruled out any possible diplomatic solution to the current impasse between the two countries.
“The policy of ‘maximum pressure’ against the Iranian nation is worthless and all Islamic Republic of Iran officials unanimously believe there will be no negotiations with the U.S. at any level,” he said, quoted on his official website.
He continued: “If America changes its behaviour and returns to (Iran’s 2015) nuclear deal, then it can join multilateral talks between Iran and other parties to the deal.”
Tehran and Washington have been at loggerheads since May last year when U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew from the Obama-era 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear deal and began reimposing crippling sanctions in a campaign of “maximum pressure.”