Trump Officials to Brief Congress on Iranian Threat

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Trump has tightened economic sanctions against Iran, and his administration says it has built up the United States military presence in the region.

"They don't want a war with Iran".

President Trump speaks to the media on the South Lawn of the White House on May 20, 2019.

The Trump administration has responded by sending greater USA military assets to the region and issuing a range of sanctions.

- The New York Times reports the White House is reviewing military plans that could result in sending 120,000 US troops to the Middle East if Iran attacks American forces or steps up work on nuclear weapons.

Iran has also moved to talk down concerns over the escalating tensions.

The United Arab Emirates' energy minister Suhail al-Mazrouei told reporters at the meeting he does not think relaxing the oil production cuts in place is the right measure.

In a separate development, a recent report by The New York Times argued that it is Bolton who is behind the creation of a plan, allegedly presented by acting Defence Secretary Patrick Shanahan earlier this month, to deploy 120,000 USA troops to the Middle East if Iran starts developing nuclear weapons. Iran denied their involvement in the attack.

"Iran will call us if and when they are every ready", Trump wrote on Twitter on Monday.

Last week, the United States made a decision to deploy to the Persian Gulf the amphibious assault ship USS Arlington, Patriot missiles, the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln and assorted warplanes, including bombers, after claiming that it had detected unspecified "indications" of Iranian plans to attack USA forces in the Middle East.

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The announcement came days after mysterious sabotage attacks against several tankers in highly sensitive Gulf waters and drone attacks on a crude pipeline by Iran-aligned Yemen rebels, which Riyadh claimed were carried out on Iranian orders.

The South Carolina Republican, one of the president's most dutiful supporters, fired off his bellicose tweet after getting a briefing from National Security Adviser John Bolton, an Iran hawk who has long argued for regime change in the country.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif responded to Trump's tweet on Monday, describing it as "genocidal taunts" and adding: "Never threaten an Iranian".

Mr. Trump's early Monday tweet was posted just hours after a Katyusha rocket fell in Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone near the statue of the Unknown Soldier, less than a mile from the U.S. Embassy, causing no injuries.

But in a sign of brewing confrontation a year after Washington quit a 2015 nuclear deal with Iran and reimposed sanctions on it, Tehran announced a fourfold increase in its rate of production of low-grade uranium enrichment.

It is not clear how far Iran's stock of low-enriched uranium was from the 300-kg limit. Tehran long has insisted it does not seek nuclear weapons, though the West fears its program could allow it to build atomic bombs. Now he wants us to call him?

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif replied on his twitter account "NeverThreatenAnIranian".

Yousuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah discussed regional and worldwide issues with Zarif, Iranian state news agency IRNA said. Oman long has served as a Western backchannel to Tehran and the sultanate hosted the secret talks between the US and Oman that laid the groundwork for the nuclear deal negotiations.

A Saudi-owned satellite news channel says Yemen's Houthi rebels have fired two missiles into the kingdom that later were intercepted. Many religious pilgrims are in the city for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

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