The move by the British government resembles a sharp change of policy from Wednesday, when the Foreign Office said it wasn't going to follow the USA withdrawal and a British general contradicted Washington's assessment of the security situation, saying of Iranian militias "No, there's been no increased threat from Iranian-backed forces in Iraq and Syria".
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made an unexpected trip to Baghdad to ensure the country could "adequately protect" Americans amid an increased threat from Iran. Iraq could once again become an arena for another Iranian-US conflict - one that the Iraqi government is struggling to prevent.
The White House was reportedly reluctant to share the intelligence with allies and even U.S. lawmakers, resulting in some complaints on both sides of the political aisle in Washington.
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said Berlin "still regards this nuclear agreement as the basis for Iran not having any nuclear weapons in the future, and we regard this as existential for our security".
He has declined to go into further detail on the alleged plot, which has been met with scepticism in numerous quarters, including from Democratic lawmakers who fear Trump's administration is seeking to spark a war with Iran.
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And in Moscow, President Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov on Wednesday expressed concerns about "the continued escalation of tensions around this subject".
Earlier this week, Maj Gen Chris Ghika, the deputy commander of Operation Inherent Resolve, the US -led force combatting Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, told reporters: "No, there's been no increased threat from Iranian-backed forces in Iraq and Syria".
Britain's Major General Chris Ghika, a spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve, the coalition fighting the jihadist Islamic State group, said Tuesday there was no special heightened alert.
Germany's Defense Ministry announced on Wednesday that it is suspending military training operations in Iraq due to increasing regional tensions.
In response to the United States sending a carrier and bombers to the region, the head of Iran's air force said the carrier "is a target". A Foreign Office spokeswoman declined to immediately comment on the reports.
"Congress has not authorized war with Iran..." As a result, "the US made a decision to investigate further and speak with Iraqi officials involved, and this is why Pompeo came".