Iranian Missiles On Small Boats Spotted In Persian Gulf: U.S

Iranian Missiles On Small Boats Spotted In Persian Gulf: U.S

Trump has said publicly he wants to pursue a diplomatic route with Iran after withdrawing the United States from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, moving to cut off all Iranian oil exports this month while beefing up the U.S. Navy and Air Force presence in the Gulf.

"He is not comfortable with all this "regime change" talk", which to his ears echoes the discussion of removing Iraqi President Saddam Hussein before the 2003 US invasion, said the official, who, like others, spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss private deliberations.

The Washington Post reported that President Donald Trump wants a diplomatic approach to Iran and is frustrated with his top advisers, including national security adviser John Bolton, who the President feels will rush USA into a military confrontation with Iran.

While he said he can't reveal what he's reviewed in a classified briefing, King told CNN that "a lot of public reporting about heightened Iranian activity in the region, particularly in Iraq" is "accurate".

He pointed to the Trump administration's decisions to designate Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist organization, place more sanctions on Iran, and move U.S. military assets to the Middle East. A spokesperson with U.S. Central Command told the network they had seen "indications that Iranian and Iranian proxy forces were making preparations to possibly attack United States forces in the region".

In April, the U.S.

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But other officials - including Europeans, Iraqis, members of both parties in Congress and some senior officials within the Trump administration - said Iran's moves might mostly be defensive against what Tehran believes are provocative acts by Washington. U.S. officials in neighboring Iraq have been ordered to evacuate.

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Additional pieces of intelligence picked up threats against commercial shipping and potential attacks by Arab militias with Iran ties on Americans on USA troops in Iraq.

An administration official confirmed that national security officials met at the White House last week to discuss Iran options, but that sending more troops was not part of a new plan.

Instead, the official said senior Pentagon officials presented a wide range of the military's existing contingency options to respond to the variety of scenarios that could involve Iran.

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