Team Trump is pushing Iran - for peace

CLAIM Katyusha missiles are widely used by militants in the Middle East

CLAIM Katyusha missiles are widely used by militants in the Middle East

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has said that while there will not be a full-scale war between his nation and the U.S., Washington will nonetheless be forced to retreat from the face-off as the Iranian people have a stronger resolve than Americans.

There has been a marked increase in U.S.

Earlier, Iranian Defence Minister Amir Hatami was quoted as saying Iran will defeat the American and Israeli alliance.

Washington also says that Tehran is secretly pursuing nuclear weapons, despite having agreed to strict controls under an worldwide accord that Trump abandoned after winning election in 2016. "We exercise maximum restraint in spite of the fact that the United States withdrew from [the] JCPOA last May", Zarif said in Tokyo where he is holding talks with his Japanese counterpart.

The official also said the ultimate goal of the yearlong economic sanctions campaign by the Trump administration was to draw Iran into an armed conflict with the United States.

Nevertheless, Iran has relaxed restrictions on its nuclear programme and threatened action that could breach the nuclear deal, although the initial moves do not appear to violate the agreement.

The Kremlin Wednesday expressed concern that tensionsoverIran keep escalatingdespite assurances from US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during a visit to Russian Federation that Washington was not seeking war.

USA officials have said closing the Strait would be crossing a "red line" and pledged action to reopen it. The U.S. military's Central Command said its troops were on high alert, without elaborating. Two years later, his administration signed the nuclear deal with six world powers that spurred hopes for wider political change.

Washington ordered the departure of non-emergency government employees from Iraq on Wednesday, after repeated USA expressions of concern about threats from Iranian-backed forces.

The US state department has ordered the departure of "non-emergency employees" from Iraq, amid rising tensions between the US and Iraq's neighbour Iran.

No details of the threat facing USA officials in Iraq were given and there are some doubts over the motivation for issuing the alert. That includes in Irbil and Baghdad, in our facilities in Oman, all around the Middle East and so anytime we receive threat reporting we do everything we can both to do all that we can to make sure those planned or contemplated attacks don't take place and to make sure we have the right security posture.

Germany said Wednesday its military suspended training of Iraqi soldiers due to the tensions but stressed there was no indication of any specific threat to its own troops.

"This is a pin-prick event, a little needle-like jab at the maritime trade going into the Strait of Hormuz", said Gerry Northwood, chairman of risk management and security firm MAST.

Iraq's Prime Minister, Adel Abdul Mahdi, said on Tuesday that its security forces had not observed "movements that constitute a threat to any side".

Iraq is one of few countries with close ties to both the United States and Iran.

Some Trump administration critics, including Gabbard, have drawn comparisons to how the Bush administration used intelligence to gain support for invading Iraq in 2003, a comparison senior State Department officials squarely dismissed.

On May 12, Amin Arabshahi, the bureau chief of IRGC-linked news agency Tasnim in Mashad wrote in a tweet that the blasts in Fujairah were carried out by "Islamic Resistance guys", the jargon Iran uses to allude to militant Lebanese, Palestinian and Iraqi militia.

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