Jeremy Hunt warns Iran: Do not underestimate US

Elias Hubbard
May 22, 2019

In a series of tweets on Monday, Zarif called members of the U.S. president's administration the "B-team" and criticised the United States for pursuing "endless wars". Iraqi military spokesman Brig.

The U.S. measures came amid the tense situation in the region after Trump decided not to re-issue the sanctions waivers for major importers to continue buying Iran's oil when they expired in early May.

Trump has tightened economic sanctions against Iran, and his administration says it has built up the United States military presence in the region.

John Bolton, the White House national security adviser and a longtime Iran hawk, announces the deployment of the USS Abraham Lincoln carrier strike group and a bomber task force in response to "a number of troubling and escalatory indications and warnings", without providing details. Iran has given European countries 60 days to come up with a new deal or it will begin enriching uranium at a higher level. Iran denies ever having a nuclear weapons program.

Iran's foreign minister has met with his visiting counterpart from Oman, a Gulf nation that in the past has served as an intermediary between the United States and the Islamic Republic.

President Trump says he doesn't want war with Iran, but he's talking tough after an attack on the US Green Zone in Baghdad.

The Reuters news agency reported the blast was heard across central Baghdad and pointed out that the embassy and USA consulate in the Iraqi Kurdish regional capital of Erbil had already moved out non-emergency staffers "out of apparent concern about perceived threats from Iran". "#NeverThreatenAnIranian. Try respect-it works!".

Yousuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah, who in the past helped pave the way for negotiations between Iran and the United States, discussed regional and global issues with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iranian state news agency IRNA said.

But by increasing production, Iran soon will exceed the stockpile limitations set by the accord.

Trump says he would like Iran's leaders to "call me".

Iranian leaders have decried the US's recent moves as "psychological warfare", while saying that a direct military confrontation between the two countries is in no one's interests. Tehran has denied this, describing the USA moves as "psychological warfare" and a "political game".

Yet the nuclear deal had prevented Iran from getting enough highly-enriched uranium for a bomb.

The news comes amid heightened tensions in the region, with the United States sending warships and bombers to counter what western intelligence agencies have said were threats from Iran to attack U.S. and allied targets in the Persian Gulf. Now he wants us to call him?

All along the past week tension was bubbling in the region as mysterious explosions in the Persian Gulf endangered shipping and Houthi drones attacked Saudi oil establishments near the capital.

Hundreds of rockets, mortar rounds and ballistic missiles have been fired into the kingdom by the rebels since a Saudi-led coalition declared war on the Houthis in March 2015 to support Yemen's internationally recognized government. Many religious pilgrims are now in the city amid the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan. Associated Press writers Qassim Abdul-Zahra and Bassem Mroue in Baghdad, Jamey Keaten in Geneva and Samy Magdy in Cairo contributed.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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