Trump hoping to achieve what Alexander, Genghis and other aggressors failed to do: Iran
21 May, 2019, 13:13
"The fact is that Trump has officially said and reiterated again that he does not want a war, but people around him are pushing for war on the pretext that they want to make America stronger against Iran", Zarif said.
His warning to Iran was issued hours after a rocket was sacked into the heavily fortified Green Zone in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, and hit a building about 0.5km (0.3 miles) from the U.S. embassy.
In an interview aired Sunday on the Fox News Channel, Mr. Trump called the nuclear deal a "horror show".
The United States military has increased its presence in the Middle East this month and told non-emergency government officials at its Iraq Embassy in Iraq to leave, due to threats that Iranian proxies could attack American interests. Iran has rejected allegations of its possible involvement in attacks last week and Iran's Iraqi allies rushed to condemn Sunday's rocket blast.
There was no claim of responsibility for the rocket attack, which caused no casualties or significant damage.
A Saudi-owned satellite news channel says Yemen's Houthi rebels have fired two missiles into the kingdom that later were intercepted.
Iran said it has informed the International Atomic Energy Agency, the United Nations nuclear watchdog, of its decision.
USA media reports say Trump's hawkish national security adviser John Bolton is pushing for war with Iran, but others in the administration are resisting. Tehran long has insisted it does not seek nuclear weapons, though the West fears its program could allow it to build them.
However, by increasing production, Iran soon will exceed the stockpile limitations set by the accord.
"I think Iran would be making a very big mistake if they did anything".
Iran's Director of Foreign Affairs says "Trump is "crazy" and his administration is confused". It cited unspecified threats from Iran for the move, which Tehran dismissed as "psychological warfare".
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"I had no idea it was going to be as strong as it was", Mr Trump said.
Clapper stressed, as have some other analysts and diplomats, the danger of an accidental escalation, particularly when opposing forces are close to one another.
It has also sent an aircraft carrier and bomber planes to the region, citing Iranian threats to US interests.
During the past week, social media users noted that Zarif "mentions" Trump in various tweets, hoping that the US chief executive would respond to him and start a conversation.
The tensions come a year after President Donald Trump withdrew from Iran's 2015 nuclear accord with world powers and restored crippling sanctions.
Trump, veering between bombast and conciliation in his quest to contain Iran, threatened Monday to meet provocations by Iran with "great force".
Critics accused Trump of sending mixed signals.
Only a matter of days ago, Trumop told aides that he did not want U.S. pressure on Iran to turn into a conflict.
Trump issued his threat a few hours after the commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guards, Hossein Salami, said on Sunday that Iran does not fear a war but the U.S. does.
Hunt added that Britain has had a lot of discussions with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo over Iran.