In remarks last week, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei underlined that there will be no military confrontation between Iran and the United States as Washington is aware that it won't be in its interest, adding that negotiation with the United States is not on the Islamic Republic's agenda either. Iranian officials made a point to stress that the uranium would be enriched only to the 3.67% limit set under the nuclear deal, making it usable for a power plant but far below what's needed for an atomic weapon.
Iran's oil storage on land and at sea is on the rise as USA sanctions on exports bite and Tehran battles to keep its ageing fields operational and crude flowing, according to data and industry sources.
Three years later, top-level diplomatic relations have all but disintegrated in the wake of the Trump administration's withdrawal from the nuclear pact, its tightening of sanctions on Iranian oil, and its recent move to designate part of Iran's military as a terrorist group.
"Without Syrian or Iraqi supervision, Iran and its allies would have an unprecedented advantage in transferring whatever they wish", Fox News reported, quoting unnamed experts. There also are concerns about the impetuosity of a commander in chief who vows that military conflict would mean "the official end" of Iran, whatever that means.
The US has ordered carrier strike warships and B-52 bombers off the coast of Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to counter an alleged and unexplained threat from Iran. That comes as Qatar has grown closer to Iran after facing a almost two-year boycott by four Arab nations also allied with the U.S. It is also moving a Patriot missile battery to an undisclosed nearby country. It comes after the Houthis last week targeted a Saudi oil pipeline in a coordinated drone attack.
And the conundrum gets complicated when CNN says the White House has passed a telephone number to the Swiss embassy - the US interests in Iran are represented by the Swiss - for contacting US President in case Iranian officials want to hold talks.
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He starred as a history teacher who was unexpectedly elected president in the comedy series " Servant of the People ". The press service noted that the date of the snap elections to the parliament was discussed during the meeting.
However, he vowed to resist "even if Iran is bombed".
"The confrontation and face-off of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the malicious government of America is the arena for a clash of wills", Baqeri said.
"With the finger on the trigger, Iran is ready to respond to any invader strongly and with unbelievable speed", Bagheri said in a statement.
Earlier that day, the Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif arrived in Islamabad for talks with his Pakistani counterpart scheduled for Friday.
Democrat Adam Schiff, chairman of the House intelligence committee, said: 'What I'm interested in more right now is what the administration's strategy is - if they have one - to keep us out of war'.
Reformist Mostafa Hashemi Taba said that the government powers are "below expectations", adding that the situation in Iran today is more hard than the time of war.