Representative Tulsi Gabbard, one of 24 Democrats vying for the White House nomination, said on ABC's "This Week with George Stephanopoulos" that Trump was "leading us down this risky path towards a war with Iran".
Earlier in May the US ordered more of its naval and air forces to go to the region, as a "signal" to Iran not to engage in any "provocative" act, after Tehran had threatened shipping in the strategic Strait of Hormuz and also USA interests and allies.
But every day we see a new story about how this administration is trying provoke conflict, like sending huge bombers to the region, or raising the possibility of sending more than 100,000 troops. While Secretary of State Mike Pompeo briefs his counterparts on the alleged threats from Iran European ministers urge Donald Trump-led administration in the U.S. to show restraint. "I am not in a position to talk about military preparedness in Iran".
Calling the nuclear deal "defective", Trump re-imposed sanctions on Iran.
President Donald Trump has tightened economic sanctions against Iran, and his administration says it has built up the US military presence in the region.
The latest frictions come after Iran suspended its commitments under the 2015 global nuclear deal, and threatened to resume production of enriched uranium which is used to make reactor fuel and nuclear weapons.
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May 13: European foreign ministers urge the United States and Iran to show restraint, while Secretary of State Mike Pompeo briefs his counterparts on the alleged threats from Iran.
A State Department spokesman however said the U.S. will hold Iran responsible "if any such attacks are conducted by its proxy militia forces".
Last year, prior to bringing Bolton into the administration as one of his top advisers, Trump withdrew the United States from the Iran nuclear deal.
Washington has also ordered the departure of "non-emergency employees" from Iraq, citing intelligence about a potential threat to American forces by Iran.
Dutch and German soldiers said they had suspended their military training programmes in the country.
The situation is indeed very volatile and the recent hostile happenings - like the attack on vessels belonging to Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Norway near Fujairah; and drone strikes on oil pumping stations of Saudi state-owned Aramco that forced the kingdom to suspend oil supply to the Red Sea port - are feared to push it closer to a full-blown war. Its conclusion was based in part on a similarity in the shrapnel found on the Norwegian tanker to shrapnel from drone boats used by Houthi rebels off the coast of Yemen. A local newspaper linked to the Al Saud royal family called Thursday for America to launch "surgical strikes" on Tehran. Tehran has denied the allegations.