UN Voices Concern About Rising Tensions Between U.S., Iran

Trump said while there are no talks with Iran he still wants to hear from them, "if they're ready".

Donald Trump, pictured speaking with reporters in Washington yesterday, tweeted a threat to Iran on Sunday.

Trump inconsistencies have "multiplied the risks" from Iran, according to House intelligence committee Chairman Adam Schiff, who spoke to reporters after Democrats received a closed-door briefing from former CIA Director John Brennan and former State Department official Wendy Sherman, who negotiated the Iran nuclear deal.

Since then, Washington has stepped up its rhetoric and reimposed sanctions.

No Iraqi groups are in favour of a war between the US and Iran, Mahdi said, only days after a rocket was sacked near the US Embassy in Baghdad. "The United States is counting on a collapse of the (Iranian) economy, which could be accompanied by limited air strikes", said Iraqi political scientist Hashem Al Hashemi. "The best thing to happen is for everybody to calm down and Iran to back off and I'm hoping that this show of force will result in de-escalating, not escalating", said Sen.

Following a months-long showdown over Washington's pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal and re-imposing sanctions against the Islamic Republic, Washington announced the deployment of a USA carrier strike group and B-52 regiment to the region.

For its part, Iranian officials have said Tehran had "acted in good faith" over the nuclear deal.

Tensions have risen between Washington and Tehran as the United States has deployed a naval carrier group and B-52 bombers to the Gulf over unspecified alleged Iranian "threats".

"So far IAEA has confirmed in 14 consecutive reports that Iran has been implementing these commitments", Maja Kocijancic, spokesperson for EU High Representative Federica Mogherini, told a news conference in Brussels.

On Sunday, a rocket landed near the U.S. embassy in the Green Zone of Iraq's capital Baghdad, days after non-essential United States staff were ordered to evacuate from diplomatic posts in the country. The Houthis did not immediately acknowledge such an attack.

He said the US' decision to counter possible threats gave the "Iranians time to recalculate".

Trump said on Monday that Iran would be met with "great force" if it attempted anything against USA. interests in the Middle East. United Nations inspectors repeatedly said that Iran was honoring the deal.

President Hassan Rouhani said late that all Iranian officials have reached a consensus to withstand the usa and its sanctions and there is no difference between the officials and people in this respect, Trend reports citing IRNA.

In a separatetweet on May 20, Trump said that if Tehran wants to negotiate, it will have to take the first step.

"It was made very clear. there is no intention to go to war", McCaul said.

The administration's response was meant to "de-escalate and provide a deterrent strategy so that Iran does not become aggressive", McCaul said.

Iran denies it supports insurgent activity, including in Yemen, and has said its nuclear program is strictly for civilian energy purposes.

Saudi Arabia on Saturday called for emergency regional talks to discuss the mounting Gulf tensions. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said he told the three senior officials that they had to do a better job consulting Congress and the American people.

  • Leroy Wright