Britain backs Major-General Chris Ghika who undermined USA warnings on Iran

Britain backs Major-General Chris Ghika who undermined USA warnings on Iran

The United Kingdom is the latest nation to react to the ongoing tensions between the United States and Iran as Britain raised the threat level for its forces in Iraq on Thursday.

The embassy said it could provide only limited emergency services to U.S. citizens.

Zarif, who is in Japan and is set to visit China on Friday, said Iran was exercising "maximum restraint".

Ten days ago, Trump also ordered an aircraft carrier and nuclear-capable bomber planes to deploy to the Gulf.

The Trump administration in recent weeks has cited unspecified Iranian threats as justification for deploying an aircraft carrier group, B-52 bombers, and Patriot missiles to the Middle East. News reports have indicated that US officials believe Iran is moving short-range ballistic missiles to boats in the Persian Gulf.

President Donald Trump tweeted Wednesday that expects the pressure on Iran will bring it to the negotiating table.

Pompeo told reporters he had made his trip because Iranian forces are "escalating their activity" and said the threat of attacks was "very specific".

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said Berlin "still regards this nuclear agreement as the basis for Iran not having any nuclear weapons in the future, and we regard this as existential for our security".

The official also said the ultimate goal of the yearlong economic sanctions campaign by the Trump administration was to draw Iran into an armed conflict with the United States.

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"I'm sure that Iran will want to talk soon", he said.

An Iraqi official told Al-Monitor on condition of anonymity that Pompeo, in fact, delivered Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi a flash drive with recordings of pro-Iranian Iraqi groups preparing to attack U.S. interests in the country.

Diplomatic security is a key priority for the United States.

"Normal visa services at both posts will be temporarily suspended". Arbil is the Iraqi Kurdish regional capital, in northern Iraq.

Maj Gen Christopher Ghika, a deputy commander of Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR), had told a Pentagon briefing that there was "no increased threat from Iranian-backed forces in Iraq and Syria".

The Pentagon said last week it was sending several massive, nuclear-capable B-52 bombers to the region in response to indications of an alleged plan by "Iranian and Iranian proxy forces" to attack United States forces.

The IRGC is directly controlled by the Islamic regime's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and Salami was named its head last month.

And he maintains that the USA wants to stop Iran from constructing a nuclear weapon. As a result, "the US made a decision to investigate further and speak with Iraqi officials involved, and this is why Pompeo came".

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