Published: Tue, May 14, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Senior Iranian Lawmaker Rules out US Strike against Tehran

Senior Iranian Lawmaker Rules out US Strike against Tehran

The White House says it is to deter an alleged Iranian "attack on United States interests".

"I'd like to see them call me", he said of the Iranians in the White House on Thursday.

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani gave European leaders a 60-day deadline to find a way to shield Iran from USA sanctions targeting its economy and oil industry. Those economic restrictions have led to tough conditions for everyday Iranians - inflation in Iran has spiked to a staggering 40% and could go higher, according to the International Monetary Fund.

"We are very anxious about a conflict, about the risk of a conflict. of an escalation that is unintended", Britain's Jeremy Hunt told reporters in Brussels before talks with Pompeo.

In addition to the carrier group and bombers, Acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan on Friday approved the movement of the amphibious transport dock USS Arlington and a Patriot missile battery to CENTCOM "in response to indications of heightened Iranian readiness to conduct offensive operations" against American troops or interests in the region.

Seeming to confirm the source's opinion, an Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps commander said on Friday that Iran wouldn't engage in talks with the Americans.

This week marks the one-year anniversary of the U.S. pulling out of the Iran nuclear agreement. The government gave a 60-day deadline for other countries to protect Iran's interests against US sanctions or it threatened not to implement its two commitments.

"If [the Americans] make a move, we will hit them in the head", he added, according to ISNA.

On Wednesday, Tehran announced that it was scaling back on several commitments within the 2015 nuclear deal, bruised by the United States withdrawal previous year.

The White House has contacted Swiss authorities to share a telephone number with Iran in hopes that Tehran will contact US President Donald Trump, ifpnews.com reports.

"Iran's moves to restart their nuclear program are an immediate result of this Trump government withdrawing from the Iran bargain", said Murphy, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Tensions between the USA and Iran have grown since April when Washington opted to further squeeze Tehran by ending sanctions waivers granted to eight countries that import Iranian oil and listing the Army of the Guardians as a terror organisation.

The last armed naval confrontation between Iran and the USA was in 1988. On Friday, Iran rejected the offer of talks from Trump.

Speaking to CNBC in an interview to be broadcast on Monday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the military deployments came in response to intelligence about potential Iranian attacks and aimed both to deter them and to be able to respond if necessary.

"Our restraint to this point should not be mistaken by Iran for a lack of resolve", he said, adding however: "We do not seek war".

Trump himself says he's ready to talk.

Iran's economic crisis has worsened over the past year, in part due to the reimposition of US sanctions after Washington withdrew from the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers.

Speaking to reporters on Sunday the Iranian Parliament's vice-speaker Ali Motahhari said the military forces based in the region had started a "psychological" war in the region and warned the United States against an attack on the Middle Eastern nation.

The United States, Germany, Britain, France, Russia, China and the European Union signed the 2015 agreement with Iran, which lifted global sanctions in exchange for Tehran limiting its atomic program.

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