Trump Denies Iran Threat, Then Revives It in Muddled Response

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"It's going to be a bad problem for Iran if something happens", he added.

"We announced that we had previously predicted these sorts of activities aimed at escalating tension in the region", he said.

Hook said Washington and European leaders were on the same page in their assessment of the threat posed by Iran, even if they disagree about staying in the accord. "The Iranian nation has chosen the path of resistance", he said. "This confrontation is a confrontation of willpowers and our willpower is stronger because in addition to our willpower we also enjoy relying on God".

I'm hearing little stories about Iran. "And with the current U.S. government is additionally poisonous". On JCPOA, said sources, India's official position was reiterated. We don't seek a war nor do they.

The U.S. Maritime Administration had warned about an attack by "Iran or its proxies" on oil facilities or vessels in the region last week, said CNN.

"So if you look at the record, it's very clear that Europe is also concerned about Iranian aggression", Hook said.

National Security Advisor John Bolton, who has taken a hard stance against the Islamic regime, pushed for the new military strategy.

Iran has responded to the Trump administration's belligerence and repeated threats with what one commentator called "remarkable restraint". "Good luck in 2020!"

This is not the first time the Trump administration has taken an aggressive posture toward Iran.

However, the deployment of US power has not deterred Iranian forces.

Iranian envoy to the United Kingdom Hamid Baeidinejad in an interview with Britain's Sky News on May 14, 2019.

Armed drones attacked the stations for an east-west pipeline that carries oil from the Eastern Province to the port of Yanbu on the Saudi west coast.

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But he failed to bend attitudes among leaders who fear the U.S. and Iran are inching towards war. The exact timing and details of Monday's meeting with Pompeo are still unclear, diplomats said.

"Four commercial ships were subjected to sabotage operations today, 12 May, near UAE territorial waters in the Gulf of Oman, east of Fujairah", the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said in a statement carried by state news agency WAM.

The announcement by the foreign minister comes after a television station run by the Houthi movement said Yemeni rebels had launched drone attacks on Saudi installations, without identifying the targets or time of the attacks.

It is a part of a collection of pipelines providing an alternative to the Strait of Hormuz.

Saudi Arabia said on Tuesday that its two oil pumping stations for the East-West pipeline had been hit by explosive-laden drones, calling the incident "an act of terrorism" that targeted global oil supplies.

Last week the Maritime Administration said Iran could target US commercial ships including oil tankers sailing through Middle East waterways.

Tensions between Iran and the United States have intensified since Mr Trump pulled out of 2015's Joint Plan of Comprehensive Action, an worldwide deal to curb Iran's nuclear activities, and imposed increasingly strict sanctions on Tehran. Last week, Iran warned it would begin enriching uranium at higher levels in 60 days if world powers failed to negotiate new terms for the deal.

He continued: "Hopefully we're not going to have to plan for that".

Several oil tankers were reportedly attacked or sabotaged off the coast of the United Arab Emirates over the weekend, raising fears that shipping lanes in the Persian Gulf could become flash points.

A US official in Washington, without offering any evidence, told the AP that a USA military team's initial assessment indicated Iran or Iranian allies used explosives to blow holes in the ships.

Several B-52 bombers and the USS Abraham Lincoln carrier strike fleet were recently deployed to the region, and the U.S. has considered sending up to 120,000 troops to the region in case Iran attempts to make a serious move against United States allies and military bases.

Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei stated that the country will continue resisting the USA, but stressed that there would be no war between the two states, Iranian PressTV reported.

Citing an unnamed USA official, the news agency explained that it appeared that Iran "or Iranian-backed proxies" had "used explosives" to "blow large holes in four ships".

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