Published: Wed, May 22, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Rouhani says Iran not to bow to U.S. pressures

Rouhani says Iran not to bow to U.S. pressures

"In my opinion, there was not any information there that pointed to any reason why we should be engaging in talk of war with Iran", said Representative Ruben Gallego, a Democratic member of the House Armed Services Committee. That tightened sanctions slapped on the Islamic Republic after President Donald Trump exited an worldwide nuclear deal a year ago that have triggered an economic slump and sent prices of basic goods soaring.

The Trump officials presented their case as, "This is what we are finding".

In recent weeks, Washington expanded its "maximum pressure" campaign by deploying the USS Abraham Lincoln carrier strike group and a bomber task force to the region in response to allegations that Iran and its allies had threatened to attack us interests.

"But if American interests are attacked, they will retaliate". "I would consider that a hold", Shanahan said. Despite that being challenging to imagine, Oman will work to bring its close allies and partners-the United States and Iran-farther away from the brink of war.

The Trump administration deployed bombers and an aircraft carrier to the Middle East earlier this month over still-unspecified threats from Iran. Lawmakers were briefed Tuesday on evidence that was purported to show Iran had secretly loaded small traditional sailing vessels, called dhows, with missiles. They accuse the U.S. of waging "economic warfare" with the reimposition of sanctions, as well as its move to reduce Iranian oil exports to zero.

The United Arab Emirates also says four oil tankers off its eastern coast were sabotaged. United States government sources said Washington strongly suspected Shi'ite militias with ties to Tehran were behind a rocket attack in Baghdad's Green Zone.

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Zarif told Pleitgen that even while Trump has continued to call for negotiations, Iran is "not willing to talk to people who have broken their promises". Top U.S. officials have not publicly described in detail those threats but have described them as credible.

It was unclear exactly what Shanahan meant and Pentagon officials could not immediately clarify whether the threat from Iran had been diminished.

Going to Capitol Hill "is a good opportunity to keep this dialogue going on given this time of high operational tempo, especially with Iran", Shanahan said.

The Democrats, who have sought to obstruct the administration since it pulled out of the the Obama administration's signature foreign policy achievement, the Iran nuclear deal, have sought to stake out a foreign policy that sides with Tehran in the ongoing dispute, which has seen the Islamic Republic sponsor a series of terror attacks in the Middle East, including against American military assets.

In an interview with CNN, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif warned Tuesday that the expanded US military presence in the Persian Gulf, where Iranian and other global vessels regularly operated, meant "extreme prudence is required and the United States is playing a very, very unsafe game". "Iranians will never bow to a bully".

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