On a visit to Beijing, Zarif said he would also talk with Chinese officials about "bilateral ties and the very unsafe issues that are ongoing in our region today", according to a video published on the Iranian foreign ministry website.
The call followed Mr Pompeo's trip to Russian Federation, where he said his country "fundamentally" did not seek a conflict, but added that the United States would "certainly respond in an appropriate fashion" if USA interests were attacked. Iraq is home to powerful pro-Iranian militias, while also hosting more than 5 000 U.S. troops.
The New York Times reports Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is reaching out to allies in Europe and elsewhere for help to lower tensions. US intelligence showed heightened activity by Iran or its proxies that USA officials took as a threat against American targets in the region. Responding to the threats, which coalition allies denied existed, the USA military deployed a carrier strike fleet to the region. Democrats - and even some Republicans - in Congress are skeptical of the administration's justifications and alarmist rhetoric, hearing in them echoes of the false claims made by the George W. Bush administration that led to an invasion of Iraq and the longest war in the nation's history. From there, we can see John Bolton's grand scheme unfold. "There is no fighting whatsoever", Trump tweeted Wednesday afternoon.
Zarif was quoted by Iran's official IRNA news agency as chastising the worldwide community, saying in Beijing that it has "mainly made statements, instead of saving the deal".
According to Israel's Channel 13, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu - usually the number one hawk on Iran - told his security chiefs to "take steps to isolate Israel from any developments and ensure Israel is not dragged into this escalation".
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In withdrawing from the deal, Trump has fulfilled a campaign promise but achieved little else. "The fake intelligence that has been the root cause for all these events should be tackled, should be taken care of, and.all of us will be in a much better situation". The administration renounced the JCPOA a year ago, when it began waging economic warfare not only against Iran but against anyone else doing normal business with Iran.
After Trump pulled America out of the deal, other signatories - the European Union, France, Britain, China, Russia and Germany - have been trying to salvage it. The result is a lasting and pervasive suspicion that colors American perceptions of everything involving Iran, regardless of the facts of whatever is the issue at hand. Given the fact he campaigned on avoiding frivolous wars, President Trump himself has reportedly grown frustrated with some of his more hawkish advisers and told Shanahan he does not want a war with Iran.
The curbs under the nuclear deal were aimed at extending the time Iran would need to produce a nuclear bomb, if it chose to, to a year from roughly 2-3 months.
Convincing voters that Trump, who generally ran against the foreign interventions of the Bush and Obama administrations, is looking to drop in on Tehran like Major Kong astride a bomb in "Dr. Strangelove" may have difficulty making the sale. We'll see if President Trump comes around to John Bolton's way of thinking as he remains the most unpopular president in the history of polling.
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