Published: Sat, May 18, 2019

Do not want war with Iran: Trump told Pentagon chief

Do not want war with Iran: Trump told Pentagon chief

They hear a constant stream of hostile rhetoric from Washington, see the US military deployments in their backyard, and realize that people in positions of power in the Trump administration would welcome war with Iran.

"The Fake News Media is hurting our Country with its fraudulent and highly inaccurate coverage of Iran", he wrote today.

Asked if there were any indications from the Iranians that they were ready to engage, the official said: "Not yet". "The escalation by the United States is unacceptable", the Iranian foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, said Thursday. But Tehran has showed no outward sign of preparing to talk.

President Donald Trump on Thursday will meet with the president of the Swiss government in order to try to establish a channel with which he can speak to Iranians as tensions between the country and the United States heighten, according to a person familiar with ongoing discussions inside the White House.

The buildup began after White House National Security Adviser John Bolton issued statements on May 3 that US intelligence had found evidence of Iran preparing attacks against USA interests in the region.

"America can not afford the costs of a new war, and the country is in a bad situation in terms of manpower and social conditions", he added. It's more accurate to say the Trump administration violated the JCPOA, because Iran was complying with the deal and was overseen by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) - who validated Iran's compliance 9 separate times.

Germany will resume training Iraqi and Kurdish soldiers in northern Iraq, the German Defence Ministry was reported as saying on Friday, three days after Berlin halted training missions over tensions between Iran and the United States. However, the likelihood appears to be slim, CNN said.

The US moves came a year after Trump pulled Washington out of a 2015 global accord that put curbs on Iran's nuclear programme in exchange for sanctions relief.

The USS Abraham Lincoln and its carrier strike group have yet to reach the Strait of Hormuz, the narrow mouth of the Persian Gulf through which a third of all oil traded at sea passes.

Recent days have seen allegations of sabotage attacks targeting oil tankers off the coast of the United Arab Emirates, a drone attack on a Saudi oil pipeline claimed by Yemen's Iranian-allied Houthi rebels, and the dispatch of U.S. warships and bombers to the region.

This week, the U.S. military placed its forces in the region on high alert amid fears of an "imminent threat".

Either way, the questions about the underlying intelligence, and complaints by lawmakers that they had not been briefed on it, reflect the deep mistrust of Trump's national security team.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a member of the Gang of Eight, said briefings are necessary because informing leaders "is no substitute for the full membership of the Congress". Democrats - and even some Republicans - in Congress are skeptical of the administration's justifications and alarmist rhetoric, hearing in them echoes of the false claims made by the George W. Bush administration that led to an invasion of Iraq and the longest war in the nation's history.

"So I hope that the president's advisers recognize that they have no authorization to go forward in any way" against Tehran, she said.

"John has strong views on things, but that's OK. I actually temper John, which is pretty unbelievable isn't it?" "I have different sides". That suggests an involuntary process that people can do little about. "And ultimately I make the decision".

US National Security Adviser John Bolton unveils the Trump Administration's Africa Strategy at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, December 13, 2018. Bernie Sanders, and obtained by Foreign Policy, highlights the growing concern on Capitol Hill that the Trump administration might stumble into an armed confrontation with Iran. In February, the IAEA backed up Coats's assertion and verified that Iran was not diverting declared nuclear material to its weapons program.

Trita Parsi, an adjunct associate professor at Georgetown University who advised the Obama administration on Iran, thinks the Iranians are trying to exploit Trump and Bolton's divergence on foreign policy issues.

Bolton, who advocated regime change in Iran before joining the White House previous year, is "just in a different place" from Trump, although the president has been a fierce critic of Iran since long before he hired Bolton.

"What if this is exactly where the Iran hawks in the administration and throughout Washington want us to be?"

"This is the first time in history that a bully is telling everybody else, important countries, that 'I'm going to punish you if you observe something that I do not like, '" said Zarif.

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