Donald Trump Says Iran "Will Want To Talk Soon"

State Department Orders Non-Essential U.S. Government Employees Out Of Iraq

State Department Orders Non-Essential U.S. Government Employees Out Of Iraq

The State Department ordered non-emergency US government employees out of Iraq on Wednesday. He added: "They are not decent humans, they don't stand by anything".

Sen. Mitt Romney rejected suggestions that President Donald Trump was eyeing a war with Iran after reports that the White House was considering sending as many as 120,000 troops to the Middle East if Iran escalates its nuclear weapons program or attacks us soldiers or interests.

The US has said that it is not seeking war with Iran, but it has not ruled it out.

Several of the B-52 bombers ordered by the White House to the region amid the latest escalation between Washington and Tehran are stationed there.

Iran has thus faracted with restraintin the face of USA belligerence, urging diplomacy and attempting to restart negotiations with Europe over the terms of the Iran nuclear accord.

Chris Ghika, deputy commander of the global coalition against the Islamic State group, had told reporters that measures in place to protect U.S. forces and their allies from Iran-backed militias in Iraq and Syria were "completely satisfactory".

Illustrative photo of the USA embassy under construction as seen from across the Tigris river in Baghdad, Iraq, May 19, 2007.

Iranian officials have said that they could reach 20 per cent enrichment within four days.

Republicans - and even some Democrats - who have been briefed said the threats are legitimate.

"There is no doubt in my mind that under the circumstances, a partial ordered departure (from the embassy) is a reasonable thing to do".

"Congress has not authorized war with Iran, and the administration, if it were contemplating military action with Iran, must come to Congress to seek approval", said Sen. That war was sold to the American people based on a series of lies about weapons of mass destruction.

Pompeo, in the meantime, issued a similar comment while on a visit to the Russian city of Sochi on Tuesday, stating that the U.S. "fundamentally doesn't seek a war with Iran".

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif made the comments in a meeting with his Japanese counterpart in Tokyo as tensions rise in the Middle East, fuelling concerns that the United States and Iran are heading for conflict.

Iran's decision does not appear to violate the nuclear deal yet.

Later, in a rare public rebuttal of an allied military officer, U.S. Central Command said Ghika's remarks "run counter to the identified credible threats" from Iranian-backed forces in the Mideast.

But since the first United States warning on May 5, the only activity has been a still-mysterious "attack" Monday on tankers anchored off Fujairah, an Emirati port located at the strategically crucial entrance to the Gulf.

One or more vessels incurred light hull damage, but what caused the damage and who was behind it remains unknown.

However speaking to the BBC, one of the rebel leaders Mohammed Ali al-Houthi denied they were acting on Iran's behalf, but were instead defending themselves against the Saudi-led collation.

Germany, which has 160 soldiers in Iraq, and the Netherlands which has 169 military and civilian staff, suspended military training operations, citing regional tensions. German defense ministry spokesman Jens Flosdorff said there was a "generally heightened alert" in the region but gave no specifics.

The US military said on Tuesday that the threat level in the Middle East had been raised in response to intelligence about Iran-backed forces in the region.

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.

Helicopters took off throughout the day from the vast U.S. embassy compound near the Tigris River in Baghdad, carrying non-emergency staff out, according to an Iraqi source and a diplomatic source inside Baghdad's fortified Green Zone.

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