Published: Wed, May 22, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

Tensions between Trump's top foreign policy advisers escalate over Iran strategy

Tensions between Trump's top foreign policy advisers escalate over Iran strategy

However, there are people in President Donald Trump's circle that "look for pretexts" to steer the country into a war with Iran, even if Trump personally does not want that to happen, the minister said.

Commercial airliners flying over the wider Persian Gulf could be "misidentified" and targeted amid the increasing escalation between the US and Iran, American diplomats said in a warning Saturday.

Trump also reacted to a ruling by a judge against a lawsuit challenge a House subpoena for his financial records.

Asked on Thursday whether the United States was going to war with Iran, Trump replied, "I hope not".

It came days after mysterious sabotage attacks on several tankers in highly sensitive Gulf waters and drone strikes on a Saudi crude pipeline by Yemen rebels who Riyadh claimed were acting on Iranian orders.

U.S. Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) said on Wednesday, "It's close to inconceivable that the president, the administration would consider a war with Iran".

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The warning relayed by Us diplomatic posts from the Federal Aviation Administration underlined the risks the current tensions pose to region crucial to the global air travel. Tehran responded to this perceived American military threat, by alerting its allies in the region, including Hezbollah in Lebanon and numerous Shiite militias in Iraq and Syria. Iran has been hinting that only a small number of hardliners at the White House has been pushing for escalation between the two nations to the brink of war. Iran long said it was able to shut off the strait.

Speaking on May 18, Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said he did not believe a war would break out in the region as Tehran did not want a conflict and no country had the "illusion it could confront Iran".

Without "proof or evidence", USA officials claim that Iran has given licence to its regional proxies to target U.S. interests and blamed it for the recent drone attacks on the oil pumps in Saudi Arabia.

Salami said in a speech at a military ceremony broadcast on state-run Iranian TV that Tehran was not seeking war but did not fear it either, in contrast to the U.S., which is afraid of war and does not have the willpower to engage in one.

"I would say to the Iranians, do not underestimate the resolve on the U.S. side in the situation", British foreign minister Jeremy Hunt told reporters on Monday in Geneva. "Just what we need!" tweeted Sanders, who is running for president next year, on Monday in response Trump tweeting on Sunday that war would be "the official end of Iran". Exxon Mobil works in Basra at its West Qurna I oil field, which had been shut off for years from Western oil firms over sanctions levied on Iraq during dictator Saddam Hussein's time in power.

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