Republicans rush to extinguish Iran war talk

Middle East tensions take an ominous turn

Middle East tensions take an ominous turn

On Wednesday the U.S. Other intelligence picked up chatter about possible attacks on US commercial interests in the region and even American troops and diplomats in Iraq, with the chatter reportedly unusually frequent and specific.

Iranian mullahs clinging to power by playing the nationalist card with America as the enemy is an old story, not a new one.

The Pentagon has not released the photograph.

Iran is committed to its obligations under an worldwide nuclear deal despite the USA withdrawal from the landmark agreement, its foreign minister said on Thursday, calling the reimposition of sanctions by Washington "unacceptable".

Another official said that Bolton and Trump are "just in a different place" and that despite Trump's own criticism of Iran's government, he "wants to talk to the Iranians; he wants a deal".

Asked by reporters if the US was going to war with Tehran, the US President responded, "hope not", as he welcomed Swiss President Ulrich Maurerto the White House.

On Wednesday, Trump predicted Iran would "soon" want to negotiate, even as the State Department ordered the evacuation of most personnel from the USA embassy and consulate in Iraq, fearing an attack by Iranian-directed Shiite militias. "It's not who he is", one official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. It looks to Bolton like Iran is planning an attack on USA forces on land and/or at sea; it looks to others like Iran is simply reacting defensively to US saber-rattling.

FILE - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his wife, Susan, walk at the U.S. Embassy compound in Baghdad, Jan. 9, 2019.

U.S. President Donald Trump says there is "no infighting whatsoever" about his Middle East policies and that as tensions with Iran continue, he is "sure that Iran will want to talk soon".

Republican lawmakers who have been briefed about the latest intelligence also expressed trust in Trump's response.

Trump's national security adviser John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo believe the photographs and other intelligence could indicate that Iran is preparing to attack U.S. forces, the Times noted. Trump said in a tweet.

Were the establishment media to be believed, President Trump is spoiling for a shooting war with Iran.

But Democrats counter that the Trumpadministration's stated goal of forcing a new negotiation with Iran after the United States pulled out of the 2015 nuclear deal remains but a distant dream. It is unsurprising and prudent for the Iranians to brace for a USA attack and to prepare to respond to it.

A senior Trump administration official told the Post that the president grew angry at the "warlike planning" of his advisors last week.

"This president does not get enough credit for what he's been doing in Syria and Afghanistan in drawing down forces and trying to de-escalate conflicts", said Buck.

While Trump grumbles about Bolton somewhat regularly, his discontent with his national security adviser is not near the levels it reached with Rex Tillerson when he served as Trump's secretary of state, the official added. He also said there would be no war with the US. Bolton, on the other hand, is intent on shaping that policy in alignment with his own views, no matter if it makes him the unpopular kid in class.

On a visit to Tokyo on Thursday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Zarif told his Japanese counterpart Taro Kono that his country's response to the United States actions - America's pullout from the nuclear deal a year ago and the imposition of USA sanctions - is within the deal and Iran's rights.

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