Published: Mon, May 27, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Russia Warns Potential US Military Surge in Mideast to Create New Risks

Russia Warns Potential US Military Surge in Mideast to Create New Risks

Strains have increased between Iran and the United States, in the wake of this month's attack on oil tankers in the Gulf region that Washington has blamed on Iran.

"We are ready to mediate to solve the crisis between Washington and Tehran if we are asked for that", al-Halbousi, whose country has close ties with both Washington and Tehran, said.

The United States once described Sadr as the most risky man in Iraq, and designated his militia at the time, the Mehdi Army, a bigger threat to its forces than al-Qaeda during an insurgency against USA troops after their 2003 invasion.

"As for President Trump's decision to send 1,500 troops in addition to those deployed in the Middle East and North Africa region, well, you know, always when the military potential grows, the risks increase".

"Araqchi stressed the importance of peace and security in the Gulf region and warned against the destructive policies of the United States", Iran's Foreign Ministry said on its website.

The Iranian foreign minister led his side at delegation level talks with Pakistani officials at the Foreign Office in Islamabad yesterday where, Foreign Minister Qureshi told his counterpart that Pakistan will keep up its re-conciliatory efforts to ensure peace and stability and reduce tensions in the region.

The US intelligence revelations about the Iranian regime's purported decline in regional influence come amid a tightening of economic sanctions introduced by the US in response to President Trump's withdrawal from the historic Iran Nuclear Nuclear Deal - known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

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A referendum on the programme could give Iran's leaders space to manoeuvre and a chance to resolve the stand-off with the United States.

Relations between Tehran and Washington have plummeted since the United States a year ago pulled out of a 2015 nuclear accord between world powers and Iran that curbed the country's nuclear program in exchange for relief from crippling economic sanctions.

"I really believe that Iran would like to make a deal, and I think that's very smart of them, and I think that's a possibility to happen", Trump said during a news conference with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo.

"Article 59 of the Constitution (referendum ) is a deadlock breaker. and could be a problem-solver at any junction", the semi-official news agency ILNA quoted Rouhani as saying late on Saturday.

Rouhani said that, when he was a top nuclear negotiator in 2004, he had proposed holding a referendum on the nuclear issue to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

But the Iraqi foreign minister insisted that Baghdad opposes "the unilateral measures taken by the United States". In recent weeks, tensions between the USA and Iran have risen over America deploying an aircraft carrier and B-52 bombers to the region over a still-unexplained threat it perceives from Tehran. Tehran has described USA moves as "psychological warfare" and a "political game".

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