Pompeo Just Met With Centcom on Iran. Here's What He Said Afterwards

Pompeo Just Met With Centcom on Iran. Here's What He Said Afterwards

The new USA sanctions have forced countries around the world to boycott Iranian oil or face sanctions of their own.

"The challenge being that the Iranians may think they can control the current escalation, but they can lose that control very quickly and end up with more than they had bargained for", Tabatabaei added.

He also said Iran's success to uncover Washington's worldwide cyberespionage network not only prevented hostile intelligence measures against Tehran, but also disrupted a remarkable part of the global intelligence activities of the United States.

"We are not in war with any nation, rather we are confronting a handful of inexperienced politicians", Rouhani said, according to IRNA, the official news agency of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

The attack on the oil tankers came against the backdrop of heightened tensions between the USA and Iran that take root in President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from Tehran's nuclear deal with world powers a year ago.

A U.S. Navy patrol boat carrying journalists to see damaged oil tankers leaves a U.S. Navy 5th Fleet base near Fujairah, United Arab Emirates, Wednesday, June 19, 2019. Iran has denied being involved.

It is unclear to what extent, if any, U.S. At the start of 2017, we had a painstakingly crafted deal with Iran that was successfully restraining whatever nuclear ambitions they had. In 2015, Iran signed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), commonly known as the Iran nuclear deal, with the U.S., the U.K., Germany, France, the European Union, Russia and China.

Speaking at a security summit in Russia Wednesday, the secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, Ali Shamkhani, said that Iran will continue to gradually reduce its commitments under the deal, the Tasnim news agency reported.

After Trump withdrew from the agreement, signed by his predecessor, he reinstated punishing economic sanctions, leaving the European and other partners in the accord struggling to keep Iran on board.

"None of this would be happening if Trump didn't back out of the Iran nuclear deal".

In a separate television interview with Face the Nation on CBS, Mr Pompeo left open the possibility of United States military action in the region but declined to discuss what form that might take.

Pompeo says for more than a year the administration has kept up pressure with a goal of re-establishing deterrence.

The measure could be also an attempt by Tehran to buy time and gain leverage.

"President Trump does not want war and we will continue to communicate that message while doing the things that are necessary to protect American interests in the region", Pompeo said.

Cotton argues it's time for the president to act, with or without congressional approval.

Hatami did not explicitly specify which of the two ships he was referring to, but Iran's English-language Press TV at the time broadcast footage of 23 sailors rescued from the Front Altair, a tanker owned by a Norwegian listed company.

"The dynamics of the two attacks are not clear, and the video that the US said demonstrated Iran's role was also not clear", a Western diplomat in the Gulf told Reuters.

"We can't make any statement based on a presumption", said the senior diplomat, adding that the USA government should disclose more information on the Hormuz incident. He answered a number of questions about increasing aggression from Iran.

More broadly, Trump does not seem to know what a serious negotiation strategy with Iran would entail, or how to get to one, said Dalia Dassa Kaye, the director of the Center for Middle East Public Policy at the Rand Corporation.

As the Trump administration prepares to deploy 1,000 additional troops to the Middle East in a move critics warned will heighten the possibility of all-out war with Iran, United Nations officials reportedly believe the U.S.is also planning a major "aerial bombardment" of an Iranian nuclear facility.

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