1,000 troops sent to Gulf by USA as Iran row deepens

US Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan EPA-EFE  SHAWN THEW

US Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan EPA-EFE SHAWN THEW

Trump said he agreed with US intelligence assessments that Iran was behind the tanker attacks, but he said Tehran had been less hostile toward the United States since he became president.

Trump has said repeatedly he is open to talks with Iran's leadership to discuss a better deal.

The standoff drew a call for caution from China.

Talking on Iranian TV, President Rouhani acknowledged the global neighborhood could explore that it change into once the U.S., not Iran, that change into once performing badly. I think an Iran war would be even a bigger mistake than the Iraq War.

Asserting the deployment, Mr Shanahan acknowledged the USA did "not seek warfare with Iran" however the motion had been taken to "be definite the security and welfare of our defense drive personnel working all the method thru the command to offer protection to our nationwide interests". "Despite all of the Americans' efforts in the region and their desire to cut off our ties with all of the world and their desire to keep Iran secluded, they have been unsuccessful".

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has ordered 1,000 more troops to the region.

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. 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. Meanwhile, China and Iran have close energy ties, with Beijing opposing the United States threats against countries importing Iranian oil.

The accord took effect in January 2016 and was supposed to terminate all nuclear-related sanctions against Iran all at once, but its implementation was hampered by the United States policies and its eventual withdrawal from the deal. The pictures allegedly show Iranian troops removing an unexploded mine, which is the device believed to have been used in the attack.

The move "will be reversed once other parties live up to their commitments", he added.

Federica Mogherini, the top European Union foreign affairs official, has conveyed this sentiment in meetings over recent days, the sources said, even as Tehran has said it would scale back its commitment to the deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

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The 2015 nuclear deal with Iran aimed to head off any pathway to an Iranian nuclear bomb.

However, the EU's failure to ensure Iran's economic interests forced Tehran to stop honoring certain commitments under JCPOA in May 2019.

It agreed to limit the enrichment of uranium, which is weak to invent reactor fuel but furthermore nuclear weapons, and various measures in return for relief from sanctions. The European Union's foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini called for "maximum restraint" as she heads to D.C. for talks today with USA officials.

The Pentagon released new images it said were evidence that Iran was behind last week's explosions that damaged two oil tankers travelling to and from the United Arab Emirates.

If Iran violated the JCPOA, there are two ways the other parties could slow any move to reimpose United Nations sanctions on top of the US sanctions already restored.

"Following clues in the American intelligence services, we recently found the new recruits Americans had hired and dismantled a new network", Iran´s state news agency IRNA said, quoting an intelligence ministry official. The U.S. has blamed Iran on multiple attacks on shipping vessels near the Strait of Hormuz. This is in addition to the 1,500 already earmarked for deployment after last month's tanker bombings and a rocket attack on the USA embassy in Iraq.

We might not fight a war over oil, but some of our regional allies might have no better reason than oil to start a war with Iran.

Under the deal, Iran can keep a stockpile of no more than 660 pounds (300 kilograms) of low-enriched uranium.

The deal set a limit on the number of uranium-enriching centrifuges, and restricted the country's right to enrich uranium to no higher than 3.67 percent, well below weapons-grade levels of around 90 percent.

"By having more reconnaissance-type aircraft, we really make it hard to fly under the radar", the official said. The Trump administration followed that announcement by ordering 1,000 more troops to the Middle East.

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