Published: Thu, June 06, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

U.S. officials say tensions with Iran are easing but they remain 'vigilant'

U.S. officials say tensions with Iran are easing but they remain 'vigilant'

Tensions have been running high in the Gulf for several months and were further inflamed when the White House administration deployed additional forces to the region in response to alleged threats from Iran against U.S. regional interests as well as allies.

Trump said relations with the Middle Eastern nation had improved since he came to power in 2016, and that Obama had allowed the state to become a "terrorist nation" during his time in the White House. "One thing they can't have is nuclear weapons", Trump said. Do I want to? No. The Islamic Republic would be theoretically be able to produce enough fissile material for a nuclear weapon within six to eight months, he said, though building an actual bomb would take longer.

Regarding Washington using military force against Tehran, the president said that "there is always a chance".

'Obama did a bad deal because it was a short-term deal.

President Donald Trump said there's "always a chance" of the US taking military action in Iran, though he'd prefer to engage verbally with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

Many analysts and politicians have noted similarities between the Trump administration and President George W. Bush's government ahead of the USA invasion of Iraq in 1991. "I thank you for pointing out what Iran is doing", Netanyahu told the Finnish-born scientist at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem.

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He called the prospect of pushing the button a "terrible responsibility" but said there "may be a time when he has to think about it".

"I'm the one who gets trained and has to study this".

Iran and the United States have been drawn into starker confrontation in the past month, a year after Washington pulled out of a deal between Iran and global powers to curb Tehran's nuclear programme in return for lifting worldwide sanctions.

However, such overtures by the Trump administration have been rejected by the Islamic Republic.

Trump withdrew the U.S. from the accord as he believes it didn't go far enough in limiting the Iranian nuclear program, nor did it address Iran's ballistic missile program.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that Iran wants to strengthen regional security and is not willing to engage in conflicts with other states.

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