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Iran Commander Calls US Military in Gulf a Target, Not a Threat

Iran Commander Calls US Military in Gulf a Target, Not a Threat

"Iran or its proxies could respond by targeting commercial vessels, including oil tankers, or United States military vessels in the Red Sea, Bab-el-Mandeb Strait, or the Persian Gulf", MARAD said.

On 8 May 2018, Trump announced Washington's withdrawal from the JCPOA, reinstating tight anti-Iranian sanctions and secondary restrictive measures against foreign companies doing business with Tehran.

The choice of Switzerland may seem unusual, but the Swiss carry out diplomatic duties on behalf of the U.S.in Iran and serve as a channel for diplomacy. "For example, if questions regarding foreign policy, culture or cyberspace are raised, we have to see how much authority the government has in these areas", added the President.

Trump passed on his number to the Swiss embassy should the Iranian decide to contact him in wake of mounting pressure on Tehran as Washington piled on the sanctions.

The heightened tension over Iran's nuclear program comes just after the US dispatched the USS Lincoln aircraft carrier and bombers into the Persian Gulf in answer to intelligence reports warning Iran will strike USA resources, allies or interests.

"But I do not despair and have great hope for the future and believe that we can move past these hard conditions provided that we are united", Rohani added.

Trump has made confronting Iran the linchpin of his Middle East policy, and his withdrawal from the nuclear deal and reimposition of sanctions meant to choke off Iranian oil exports and access to global banks has pounded the Islamic Republic's economy.

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The deployment of a United States aircraft carrier to Iran's regional waters is nothing but psychological warfare and part of a plan to intimidate Tehran, the head of the Revolutionary Guards Corps, Gen Hossein Salami, has told parliamentarians in a closed-door session.

The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln approaches the Mubarak Peace Bridge as it transits the Suez Canal in Egypt, May 9, 2019.

CNN, quoting unidentified U.S. officials, reported that the United States received intelligence about Iran moving short-range ballistic missiles onto boats in the Arabian Gulf.

The following day, the European Union urged Iran to respect the global agreement curbing the Islamic Republic's nuclear ambitions, and added that the bloc aims to continue trading with the country despite USA sanctions. The aircraft carrier and its strike group are deploying to the Persian Gulf on orders from the White House to respond to an unspecified threat from Iran. On Friday, Iran rejected the offer of talks from Trump.

In withdrawing the USA from the JCPOA a year ago, Trump complained that it failed to address Iran's development of ballistic missiles and did nothing to constrain Iran's "destabilizing activities, including its support for terrorism". This one would do in Bern, probably only if Iran specifically asks for it.

CENTCOM is responsible for United States military operations in the Middle East and Afghanistan.

Rep. Adam Schiff, the California Democrat who chairs the House Intelligence Committee, noted the recent flurry of administration moves against Iran, including moving to cut off Iranian oil exports, designating the Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist group, and sending military assets to the region.


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