Iranian President Says US Requested Negotiations with Tehran 8 Times

Iranian President Says US Requested Negotiations with Tehran 8 Times

This is a deterrent operation to stop Iran's escalation and aggression, McCaul said. "Try respect. It works", Zarif tweeted.

"Most importantly, we will continue to take acts that protect American interests and that work to deter Iran from misbehaviour in the region, which has the real risk of escalating the situation such that crude oil prices rise", he said.

"During the discussion of the situation around the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on the Iranian nuclear program, the importance of preserving this agreement, which is a key factor in maintaining global stability and security, was noted". "We're in the region to address many things, but it is not to go to war with Iran". "Stand firm Mr. President".

"Our prudent response, I think, has given the Iranians time to recalculate". It's Congress that declares war, not the president.

Mr Shanahan added: "I just hope Iran is listening".

Iran informed its signatory partners (Germany, France, Russia, China and the UK) about its plans to withdraw from certain commitments and warned them that if they fail to convince the USA to ease sanctions on Iran within 60 days then it would increase a high-level of enrichment of Uranium and heavy water. The Pentagon has already sent bombers to the region.

Iran, meanwhile, announced that it had quadrupled its uranium-enrichment production capacity.

A top Iranian official at the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) made the announcement on Monday at the Natanz nuclear facility. Enriching uranium means concentrating the element's radioactive component. Officials said it remains set to the limits of a 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, making it usable for a power plant but far below what's needed for an atomic weapon.

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In this photo released by the official website of the office of the Iranian Presidency, President Hassan Rouhani speaks in a cabinet meeting in Tehran, Iran, May 8, 2019.

US-Iran tensions were fueled by a string of American military deployments this month. President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the deal in 2018.

Trump also ended the nuclear pact with the country past year. He re-imposed sanctions on Tehran and has threatened other sanctions on countries that still do business with Iran.

The administration, which is closely allied with the Saudis, instead vowed "maximum pressure" to weaken Tehran's regional influence, including by trying to stop all oil sales by Iran.

Some House Democrats accused administration officials of twisting intelligence to make the case for what they see as an aggressive response to any Iranian actions.

Iran has allegedly sabotaged oil tankers off the coast of the United Arab Emirates and Yemen's Iranian-aligned Houthi rebels have carried out drone attacks on Saudi oil pumping stations amid USA intelligence warnings that Iran or Iran-backed groups could threaten U.S. interests.

Several tankers in the Gulf, including two Saudi vessels, were reportedly sabotaged as well.

Saudi Arabia is leading a coalition helping the Yemeni government fight the Houthi rebels. "They tried to give that impression", Eliot Engel, the chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, said after the classified briefing for the full House of Representatives.

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