Published: Fri, May 24, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Members of Congress split on Trump administration approach to Iran

Members of Congress split on Trump administration approach to Iran

"We have deterred attacks based on our repositioning of assets, deterred attacks against American forces", he said.

Islamabad told Tehran in writing that there were obstacles in execution of the Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project as Iran is under United States sanctions regime.

Iran could soon exceed the amount of material it is allowed to stockpile under the deal.

Despite Trump's decision to withdraw, the poll showed 61% of Americans still supported the 2015 deal between Iran and world powers to curb Iran's potential pathway to a nuclear bomb in return for sanctions relief.

Mr Zarif last week travelled to Beijing as part of his outreach to regional countries, where his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi assured him that "China firmly opposes unilateral sanctions and the so-called "long-arm" jurisdiction imposed by the United States on Iran". "But you do have situations like Iran, you can't let them have nuclear weapons - you just can't let that happen".

While Americans are more concerned about Iran as a security threat to the United States now than they were a year ago, few would be in favour of a pre-emptive attack on the Iranian military.

Iran has been putting pressure on the signatories to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) for some time, saying the deal must be saved. We're not about going to war; the acting Pentagon chief told reporters after attending a briefing at the U.S. Congress.

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In an interview with CNN on Tuesday, the Iranian foreign minister said the USA was "playing a very, very unsafe game" by boosting its military presence in the region.

Amid rising tension in the Middle East Iran has said it has increased the production rate of uranium four-fold.

There have been growing concerns of a possible military conflict with the United States, which has warned of "imminent threats" from Tehran, a claim Iran has denied.

In this photo released by the official website of the office of the Iranian Presidency, President Hassan Rouhani speaks in a cabinet meeting in Tehran, Iran, May 8, 2019. "Never threaten the United States again!" Now they want to prevent further escalation, Shanahan said.

Iran has allegedly sabotaged oil tankers off the coast of the United Arab Emirates and Yemen's Iranian-aligned Houthi rebels have carried out drone attacks on Saudi oil pumping stations amid USA intelligence warnings that Iran or Iran-backed groups could threaten U.S. interests.

Saudi Arabia is leading a coalition helping the Yemeni government fight the Houthi rebels.

"All we want to do is sell our oil", Zarif said, adding that the United States was "just a bully preventing people from buying our oil".

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