Trump Says Interested Only In Economic 'Invasions' Amid Escalation With Iran

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard speaks about the formation of the Congressional Servicewomen and Women Veterans Caucus on Capitol Hill in Washington U.S

It also served as a grim reminder that 30 years ago, the USA mistook an Iranian passenger jet for a warplane after their last naval battle with Tehran, killing all 290 people aboard.

Spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters at the UN's NY headquarters that the worldwide body is "concerned about the rising rhetoric", further asking all parties concerned to take a calmer approach in a complex region.

Tensions between the two countries has increased in recent days after the United States military deployed an aircraft carrier and B-52 bombers to the Middle East in a move meant to counter "clear indications" of threats from Iran to American forces in the region.

"There will be no war because neither do we want war nor has anyone the idea or illusion it can confront Iran in the region", Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told IRNA before ending a visit to Beijing.

Iranian officials have denied involvement in the tanker attacks, saying Tehran's enemies carried them out to lay the groundwork for war against Iran.

"Iranians have stood tall for millennia while aggressors all gone". "#NeverThreatenAnIranian. Try respect-it works!"

- Iran Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says "no one is seeking war", but that it wouldn't be hard for Iran to enrich uranium to weapons-grade levels.

At the time, European leaders urged Trump not to do so, warning tensions would escalate in the region.

The 2020 US Presidential Elections are around the corner and the Trump administration has doubled down on its efforts to strangle Iran's economy.

Iran reportedly said earlier Monday that it has increased its uranium enrichment fourfold, which would likely breach the stockpile limits the 2015 agreement set.

Wang told Zarif in the meeting that China hopes the Iran nuclear deal can be "fully implemented".

While Pompeo has worked to carry out the president's foreign policy directives, Bolton has at times contradicted the president, as when he walked back Trump's call for a rapid U.S. troop withdrawal from Syria. On the one hand, the apparent dissonance between the anti-Iran zeal of senior officials within his administration and his own stated desire to disentangle the U.S. from the Middle East's conflicts grows louder by the week.

Actions speak louder than words, and until the anti-escalation rhetoric is backed by deeds on the ground, the possibility of a major military conflict breaking out between the United States and Iran remains high.

The US deployed an aircraft carrier strike group to the Gulf and, on Wednesday, ordered a partial evacuation of its embassy and a consulate in Iraq, bordering with Iran. The United States, in turn, has stepped up its military presence in the Middle East in what White House National Security Adviser John Bolton has called "a clear and unmistakable message to the Iranian regime".



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