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PoliticsTrump Says 'I Hope Not' on Prospect of War With Iran

21:26  16 may  2019
21:26  16 may  2019 Source:   bloomberg.com

Iran sends letters on partial withdrawal from nuclear deal

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Trump Says 'I Hope Not' on Prospect of War With Iran© Bloomberg Trump, left, shakes hands with Ueli Maurer at the White House in Washington on May 16.

(Bloomberg) -- President Donald Trump said he hopes the U.S. doesn’t go to war with Iran, as tensions rise with the Islamic Republic over his administration’s allegation that Tehran may be preparing an attack.

“I hope not,” Trump told reporters on Thursday after he was asked about going to war with Iran while greeting Swiss President Ueli Maurer for a meeting a the White House.

The U.S. hastened the deployment of an aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf and withdrew some diplomatic personnel from Iraq after claiming intelligence showed a growing threat from Iran or its proxy forces in the Mideast. The New York Times reported on Thursday that aerial photographs recently showed the Iranians placing missile launchers on small boats, raising U.S. concern that Tehran may be preparing to attack American military or commercial shipping.

Iran exercising 'maximum restraint' despite U.S. withdrawal from nuclear deal: Zarif

Iran exercising 'maximum restraint' despite U.S. withdrawal from nuclear deal: Zarif Iran remains committed to its obligations under a multilateral nuclear deal despite the United States' withdrawal from the landmark agreement last year, its foreign minister said on Thursday, calling the U.S. escalation of sanctions "unacceptable". "We exercise maximum restraint in spite of the fact the United States withdrew from JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) last May," Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told his Japanese counterpart, Taro Kono, at the start of their meeting in Tokyo. JCPOA is commonly referred to as the Iran nuclear deal.

Trump Says 'I Hope Not' on Prospect of War With Iran© Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg Donald Trump

Trump’s national security adviser, John Bolton, has repeatedly warned Iran against any provocation.

Trump denied in tweets on Wednesday that there’s any “infighting” within his administration over Iran, and said he believes the country’s leaders “will want to talk soon.”

“The president was pretty clear in what his feeling was yesterday, that there isn’t division in the White House,” press secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters Thursday morning.

The Trump administration withdrew last year from a 2015 pact negotiated by former President Barack Obama to curb Iran’s nuclear ambitions and has subsequently reimposed sanctions on much of the country’s economy.

U.S. House speaker: Congress has not approved war against Iran

U.S. House speaker: Congress has not approved war against Iran The Trump administration does not have congressional authorization to go to war against Iran, Nancy Pelosi warned.

Read more: Iran Says Talks With Trump Possible If U.S. Returns to 2015 Deal

Iran’s vice president said Thursday that the country’s leaders would only consider negotiating with Trump if the U.S. rejoins the nuclear deal, called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

(Updates with Sanders comment in sixth paragraph.)

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Over 70 retired military leaders sign letter urging Trump against war with Iran.
More than 70 retired military leaders wrote an open letter to President Trump urging him to avoid war with Iran. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); The former Armed Forces leaders advised Trump in a letter published Thursday in War on the Rocks to take "crisis de-escalation measures." "As President and Commander-in-Chief, you have considerable power at your disposal to immediately reduce the dangerous levels of regional tension," they wrote.

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