Published: Thu, May 23, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

Iran's supreme leader criticizes country's president and foreign minister over nuclear deal

Iran's supreme leader criticizes country's president and foreign minister over nuclear deal

Although that scenario is what both countries say they want to avoid, the USA has done nothing to dampen the fears, recently sending a Navy strike group and bomber force to the region citing an Iranian "threat".

The Reuters/Ipsos poll was conducted May 17-20 on a sample of roughly 1,007 adults in the United States. That shrunken ability to deal with the outside world and decreasing government revenues are Iran's two main concerns at the moment, he said.

The announcement came after U.S. president Donald Trump and Iran's foreign minister traded threats and taunts on Twitter.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Joseph Dunford and Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan held the briefing after lawmakers, including Trump's fellow Republicans as well as Democrats, clamored for weeks for more information about escalating tensions with Iran.

On Sunday, a rocket landed near the U.S. embassy in the Green Zone of Iraq's capital Baghdad, days after non-essential USA staff were ordered to evacuate from diplomatic posts in the country.

Mr Shanahan told reporters at the Pentagon: "I think our steps were very prudent and we've put on hold the potential for attacks on Americans and that is what is extremely important".

"If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran", Trump tweeted early Monday.

While the Yemeni Zaidi Shiite Muslim rebel group, known as Ansar Allah or the Houthi movement, claimed responsibility for recent drone attacks on a Saudi oil pipeline and arms depot, the group was already in the midst of a four-year civil war against loyalist forces backed by Riyadh and denied any connections to Iran. In recent weeks, Washington expanded its "maximum pressure" campaign by deploying the USS Abraham Lincoln carrier strike group and a bomber task force to the region in response to allegations that Iran and its allies had threatened to attack us interests.

Trump on possibility of talks with Iran
Many religious pilgrims are now in the city amid the holy month of Ramadan when Muslims fast from dawn to dusk. Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, who was joined at the briefing by the USA military chief, Gen.

Iran has accused the United States of "psychological warfare" over the build-up of military forces, with Zarif saying there is "no possibility" of negotiations with Washington to reduce spiralling tensions.

Separately, Khamenei distanced himself from a landmark 2015 nuclear deal in his comments on Wednesday.

"I'd say we're in a period where the threat remains high and our job is to make sure that there is no miscalculation by the Iranians".

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif replied on his Twitter account "NeverThreatenAnIranian".

"They don't want a war with Iran, but if American interests are attacked they will retaliate", he added.

According to a Reuters/Ipsos poll published Tuesday, 64% percent of Americans - including a large majority of Republicans - support the 2015 deal created to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons in exchange for sanctions relief.

Iranian officials have repeatedly slammed the unilateral U.S. sanctions as "economic terrorism", saying that they have impeded the flow of essential goods.

"But at the same time, if the other side chooses war, the kingdom will respond with strength and determination to defend itself and its interests".

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