He added: "They've been told in very strong terms we want to get them back to the table."
The tanker attacks coincided with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to Iran. Abe, a Trump ally, had taken a similar message encouraging a return to negotiations on his visit to Tehran. US officials said on Thursday that the Trump administration was considering a return to providing naval escorts to vessels transiting through the maritime choke point.
South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, a prominent ally of the Republican president, called on the US to begin the escorts immediately in an interview with "Fox & Friends" earlier on Friday. Trump warned Iran not to close off the Strait of Hormuz, saying if it is closed it won't be closed for long.
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