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WorldIran says it won't wage war, U.S. deploys more troops to Middle East

13:10  18 june  2019
13:10  18 june  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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US President Donald Trump has approved a deployment of 1,500 troops to the Middle East , apparently meant to deter what Washington calls an ongoing threat to US interests from Iran . Trump says after announcement U . S . is sending 1,500 more troops to the Middle East .

Iran says it won't wage war, U.S. deploys more troops to Middle East© Reuters/Abdullah Dhiaa Al-deen FILE PHOTO: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks during a meeting with tribal leaders in Kerbala

GENEVA/DUBAI, June 18 (Reuters) - President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday Iran would not wage war against any nation, sounding a note of restraint after the United States announced more troop deployments to the Middle East.

Fears of a confrontation between Iran and its long-time foe the United States have mounted since Thursday when two oil tankers were attacked near the strategic Strait of Hormuz shipping lane, which Washington blamed on Tehran.

U.S. to send 1,000 additional troops to the Middle East

U.S. to send 1,000 additional troops to the Middle East Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan announced on Monday the deployment of about 1,000 more troops to the Middle East for what he said were "defensive purposes," citing concerns about a threat from Iran. "The recent Iranian attacks validate the reliable, credible intelligence we have received on hostile behavior by Iranian forces and their proxy groups that threaten United States personnel and interests across the region," Shanahan said in a statement. Reuters first reported plans to send U.S. additional troops to the Middle East earlier on Monday.

The U . S . will deploy 1,500 additiona The Trump administration took two significant steps Friday to counter what it calls an escalated threat level from Iran . The U . S . will deploy 1,500 additional troops and military equipment to the Middle East , as well as sell additional arms to Saudi Arabia and United

One thousand additional troops are being sent to the Middle East to deal with the threat from Iran , the Pentagon announced Monday afternoon in an emailed statement to Pentagon Read more : The Pentagon is deploying 1,500 troops and more weapons of war to the Middle East to confront Iran .

Iran denied involvement in the attacks and said on Monday it would soon breach limits on how much enriched uranium it can stockpile under a 2015 nuclear deal, which had sought to limit its nuclear capabilities.

Exceeding the uranium cap at the heart of the accord would prompt a diplomatic crisis, forcing the other signatories, which include China, Russia and European powers, to confront Iran.

The standoff drew a call for caution from China. Its top diplomat warned that the world should not open a "Pandora's Box" in the Middle East, as he denounced U.S. pressure on Iran and called on it not to drop out of the landmark nuclear deal.

Russia urged restraint on all sides.

In a speech, Rouhani dismissed U.S. efforts to isolate Iran as unsuccessful and suggested the U.S. administration of President Donald Trump was inexperienced in international affairs.

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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Saturday that the U . S . decision to deploy more troops to the Middle East in response to the REUTERS/Carlo Allegri/File Photo. The United States said it was sending 1,500 troops to region in what it called an effort to bolster defenses

But he said Iran did not seek conflict.

"Iran will not wage war against any nation," Rouhani said in a speech broadcast live on state TV. "Despite all of the Americans' efforts in the region and their desire to cut off our ties with all of the world and their desire to keep Iran secluded, they have been unsuccessful."

On Monday, Iranian officials made several assertive comments about security, including the secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, Ali Shamkhani, who said Tehran was responsible for security in the Gulf and urged U.S. forces to leave the region.

SANCTIONS TIGHTENED

Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan on Monday announced the deployment of about 1,000 more troops to the Middle East for what he said were defensive purposes, citing concerns about a threat from Iran.

The new U.S. deployment is in addition to a 1,500-troop increase announced last month in response to tanker attacks in May. Washington previously tightened sanctions, ordering all countries and companies to halt imports of Iranian oil or be banished from the global financial system.

Don't open 'Pandora's Box' in Middle East, China warns

Don't open 'Pandora's Box' in Middle East, China warns The Chinese government's top diplomat warned on Tuesday that the world should not open a "Pandora's Box" in the Middle East, as he denounced U.S. pressure on Iran and called on it not to drop out of a landmark nuclear deal. Fears of a confrontation between Iran and the United States have mounted since last Thursday when two oil tankers were attacked in the Gulf of Oman. The United States blamed Iran for the attacks, more than a year after President Donald Trump withdrew from a 2015 Iran nuclear deal.

The United States said it would deploy additional troops to counter Iran .CreditCreditGarrett Labarge/ U . S . Still, Mr. Trump — who has been keen to disengage from conflict zones in the Middle East —was seen as unlikely to boost troops by more than 100,000, and Iran tends to exaggerate its

The deployments , decried by Iran as escalatory, have come amid a The decision on troops marks a reversal of sorts for Trump, who only on Thursday said he thought no more forces were needed. The deployment is relatively small compared with the about 70,000 American troops now stationed

Iran's announcement on Monday that it would soon breach limits on how much enriched uranium it can stockpile under the deal was denounced by a White House National Security Council spokesman as "nuclear blackmail."

The move further undermines the nuclear pact, but Rouhani said on Monday the collapse of the deal would not be in the interests of the region or the world.

The nuclear deal seeks to head off any pathway to an Iranian nuclear bomb in return for the removal of most international sanctions.

Speaking in Beijing, Chinese State Councillor Wang Yi said the United States should not use "extreme pressure" to resolve issues with Iran.

CHINA "VERY CONCERNED"

Wang told reporters China, a close energy partner of Iran, was "of course, very concerned" about the situation in the Gulf and with Iran, and called on all sides to ease tension.

"We call on all sides to remain rational and exercise restraint, and not take any escalatory actions that irritate regional tensions, and not open a Pandora's box," Wang said.

"In particular, the U.S. side should alter its extreme pressure methods," Wang said. "Any unilateral behavior has no basis in international law. Not only will it not resolve the problem, it will only create an even greater crisis."

Wang also said the Iran nuclear deal was the only feasible way to resolve its nuclear issue, and urged Iran to be prudent.

European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said the EU would only react to any breach if the International Atomic Energy Agency formally identified one.

The Trump administration says the deal, negotiated by Democratic President Barack Obama, was flawed as it is not permanent, does not address Iran's missile program and does not punish it for waging proxy wars in other Middle East countries.

(Additional reporting by Alexander Cornwell in Dubai, Tom Balmforth and Maxim Rodionov in Moscow, Ben Blanchard in Beijing, Writing by William Maclean, Editing by Janet Lawrence)

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