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US sends naval strike group as tensions rise with Iran
The United States is deploying an amphibious assault ship and a Patriot missile battery to bolster an aircraft carrier and B-52 bombers already sent to the Gulf, ratcheting up pressure Saturday on archfoe Iran. The carrier and a B-52 bomber task force were ordered towards the Gulf, as Washington reiterated that intelligence reports suggested Iran was planning some sort of attack in the region. CENTCOM, the US forces for the Middle East and Afghanistan, said Friday on Twitter that the B-52 bombers arrived at the area of operations on May 8, without saying where they had landed.
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President Trump said in a Sunday night Fox News interview that he doesn't want to go to war with Iran but emphasized he will never allow the nation to develop nuclear weapons.
"I will not let Iran have nuclear weapons," Trump told Fox News host Steve Hilton. "I don't want to fight. But you do have situations like Iran, you can't let them have nuclear weapons - you just can't let that happen."
Trump has reportedly grown frustrated with the hardline approach toward Tehran taken by national security adviser John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and wishes to negotiate directly with Iranian leaders, but escalated his own rhetoric earlier Sunday afternoon, a military engagement would mean "the official end of Iran."
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Tensions have risen between the two countries in recent weeks, with Bolton announcing a carrier group would be deployed to the Persian Gulf in response to unspecified acts of aggression by Iran, while Iran announced it will scale back some of its commitments under the 2015 nuclear deal on the anniversary of Trump's announcement the U.S. would withdraw from the deal entirely.
"I ended the Iran nuclear deal, and actually, I must tell you - I had no idea it was going to be as strong as it was. It totally - the country is devastated from the standpoint of the economy," Trump said Sunday.
Amid royal honors, Trump steps on his own good press.
President Donald Trump often gripes about his bad press -- but as his state visit to Japan shows, sometimes he's his own worst enemy. Trump ought to be in the middle of an easy two-week cruise of flattering coverage and statesman-like imagery, with British royals set to follow Japan's imperial court and roll out the red carpet pageantry that he loves next week. He could have stepped away from the perpetually raging Washington storm, especially since Congress is on a recess that could offer a timeout from his separation-of-powers showdown with Democrats.
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