Donald Trump: Iran attack would be 'met with great force'

Donald Trump: Iran attack would be 'met with great force'

Iran foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Monday the "genocidal taunts" of United States president Donald Trump will not "end Iran", as tensions spike between the two countries.

"We need peace and construction and any party who drags Iraq into war and turn it into a battlefield will be the enemy of the Iraqi people", Sadr said, while Qais al-Khazali, the leader of the Asaib Ahl al-Haq Shiite militia, warned against "giving pretexts to the war between Iran and the United States, " adding that "The war will harm Iraq's political, economic and security stability".

"The fault lies with the Iranians, not the United States or any other nation".

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

Trump wrote on Twitter, "If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran". Just over a week later, the State Department ordered all non-essential personnel to leave the country, citing the increased threat from Iran and its proxies.

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.

Trump campaigned on pulling the US from the deal, which saw Iran agree to limit its enrichment of uranium in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions.

The US government has piled the pressure on Iran by ripping up a hard-fought worldwide deal to steer the country away from its nuclear ambitions and attempting to shut off the oil exports crucial to Iran's economy. Since then, Washington has steadily stepped up its rhetoric and reimposed sanctions. Iran says that its nuclear program is for civilian energy and medical uses and that it has never sought nuclear weapons.

Quoting an official at the Natanz enrichment plant, the semi-official Tasnim said Iran was accelerating the rate of production at which it refines uranium to 3.67% fissile purity, suitable for civilian nuclear power generation. That shrunken ability to deal with the outside world and decreasing government revenues are Iran's two main concerns at the moment, he said.

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

But when asked by a reporter if the United States was going to war with Iran, Trump replied, "I hope not". Hundreds of rockets, mortars and ballistic missiles have been fired into the kingdom since a Saudi-led coalition declared war on the Houthis in March 2015 to support Yemen's internationally recognized government.

Saudi Arabia at the same time called for emergency regional talks to discuss mounting Gulf tensions, saying Sunday that it does not want war with Iran but like the ready to defend its interests.

In this photo provided by the U.S. Navy, the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group transits the Suez Canal, May 9, 2019.



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