US Sending Troops to Mideast Amid Gulf Tensions Over Iran
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 20, 2019,
Jun 20, 2019, 5:13
"Iran's reserves are every day increasing at a more rapid rate", he told state TV, adding that "the move will be reversed once other parties fulfil their commitments".
The administration says the maximum pressure campaign is meant to force Iran to change its behavior and to return to negotiations with the US and the worldwide community to seal a deal that would permanently close a path to nuclear weapons.
He said the USA will continue to adjust troop levels as needed.
McConnell says the risk of a conflict with Iran is real, and he says the administration should work with USA allies "to encourage Iran's leaders to cease their aggression".
Experts suggest that the deal - which thawed relations between the two countries when it was agreed in 2015 - was a significant factor in preventing conflict between the United States and Iran. Iran denied the accusations.
President Donald Trump, who withdrew the United States from the 2015 deal it had spearheaded under former president resident Barack Obama, wants a new deal with Iran.
In a Tuesday statement issued in response to a query from VOA Persian, a US official who declined to be identified, disputed Iran's assertions that it recently successfully targeted a USA spy network. "When that isn't the case, there will naturally be consequences".
But her tougher tone does little to hide the fact that there's not a lot that Europe can do.
Now, with a near-total US embargo in place, Iran's economy is suffering, oil sales are down, and the pact's other signatories, including European nations, have struggled to maintain investments in Iran. Inflation is up 37 percent and the cost of food and medicine has soared 40 percent to 60 percent, according to European Union figures.
Iran said on Monday it would breach 2015 deal's 300-kg (660-pound) limit on its stock of uranium hexafluoride within 10 days, which the White House called "nuclear blackmail".
Any such breach would raise already heightened tensions between Iran and US President Donald Trump who has said he is ready to take military action to stop Tehran getting a nuclear bomb.
In a nutshell, the US Department of State considers Iran as the "world's leading state sponsor of terrorism".
The increased activity attributed to Iran began this spring, after the Trump administration designated the IRGC as a terrorist group and declined to waive sanctions on countries still buying oil from Iran.
Also seen in basically the most contemporary photos is clear damage - a gap - above the waterline on the hull of the Kokuka Dauntless. The EU provides funds to Iran's agricultural sector and for environmental protection.
On Monday, Iranian officials made several assertive comments about security, including Ali Shamkhani, secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, who said Iran was responsible for Gulf security and urged US forces to leave the region.
Since exiting that accord in May previous year Trump has restored and extended US sanctions, forcing countries around the world to boycott Iranian oil or face sanctions of their own. The deployments began last month when the USA sent an aircraft carrier strike group to the region along with Patriot missile batteries and several thousand troops whose mission is defensive in nature. The Pentagon released new images Monday it says prove that Iran is responsible for last Thursday's attack on two tankers in the Gulf of Oman.
Under pressure from Washington and Tehran, European confidence in both sides appears to be low.
"We want to unify our efforts so that there is a de-escalation process that starts", French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told reporters after a cabinet meeting in Paris. The IAEA has found Iran to be complying with the deal, as recently as May. The Islamic regime added that it would only remain in the nuclear deal if its European signatories would step in to help the regime to circumvent the tight economic sanctions.
Pompeo is set to meet with CENTCOM commanders Tuesday. "Russian Federation consistently stresses the necessity of a responsible approach to the implementation of obligations by all parties to the nuclear deal".