Trump says there’s ‘no indication’ of threatening actions by Iran

Clay Curtis
May 21, 2019

President Donald Trump Monday appeared to play down the immediate threat posed by Iran to the United States, while saying he is ready to talk if Tehran takes the first step.

The Washington Post reported last week that Trump has been frustrated with some of his top advisers because he thinks that the United States is taking too belligerent a stance vis-a-vis Tehran, and The New York Times said that the president had told Pentagon chief Patrick Shanahan that he does not want a war with Iran.

Iran has increased production of low-enriched uranium at a time of tensions with the United States over Iran's nuclear deal with western powers.

The Trump administration has deployed bombers and an aircraft carrier to the region over still-unspecified threats from Iran.

A rocket landed in Baghdad's Green Zone near the U.S. Embassy compound on May 19 but caused no casualties or significant damage.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the rocket launch.

Trump wrote on Twitter, "If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran".

Zarif's tweet said Trump is being "goaded by B Team", a term he coined to refer to Bolton as well as Israel's prime minister and the crown princes of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, who are all pushing a hard line on Tehran.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif responded on May 20 to US President Donald Trump's tweet about the likelihood of military conflict with Iran.

Trump's tweet was a "genocidal taunt", according to Iran's top diplomat, Zarif.

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In Saudi Arabia, the kingdom's military said it intercepted two missiles fired by the Houthi rebels in neighboring Yemen.

Relations between Washington and Tehran plummeted a year ago when Trump pulled out of a landmark 2015 nuclear deal with Iran and imposed tough sanctions. Since then, Washington has steadily stepped up its rhetoric and reimposed sanctions. But he also said he's willing to negotiate.

Mr Hossein's remark comes after Mr Trump in a series of tweets on Sunday asked Iran "never to threaten" the U.S. and warned Tehran that if it wants a fight, it would be "the official end" of the Islamic nation.

Iran slammed the moves and partially discontinued its commitments under the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Actions and gave Europe 60 days to ensure Iran's interests are protected under the so-called Iran nuclear deal.

"They are setting the stage for a war with Iran that would prove to be far more costly, far more devastating and risky, than anything that we saw in the Iraq war", Gabbard said. Oman long has served as a Western backchannel to Tehran and the sultanate hosted the secret talks between the US and Iran that laid the groundwork for the nuclear deal negotiations.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had been asking the administration for a briefing for all lawmakers on the situation in Iran, but she said the request was initially rebuffed.

An Iraqi military official told the Associated Press that the rocket was sacked from East Baghdad.

Tehran has set a July 7 deadline for Europe to come up with new terms for the deal, or it will enrich closer to weapons-grade levels in a Middle East already on edge.

"I think Iran would be making a very big mistake if they did anything".

On Sunday, the U.S. Navy announced it would begin security patrols in worldwide waters along with members of the Gulf Cooperation Council.

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