Donald Trump tells Pentagon chief he does not want war with Iran

Donald Trump tells Pentagon chief he does not want war with Iran

The letter, from Democratic Sens. Chris Van Hollen, Ed Markey, and Jeff Merkley as well as Independent Sen.

President Donald Trump tweeted today that while "the media is hurting our country", it is also helpful because supposedly "made up" stories help confuse Iran about America's plans in the region.

Speaking of the press, he said, "They make it sound like it's a conflict". She said a failure to inform Congress is "part of a pattern" for the Trump administration "that is not right" because the power to declare war resides with the Congress.

But The New York Times reported that Trump himself was not entirely happy with the talk of war and told acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan early Thursday that he does not want to a military clash.

Meeting in Beijing, Chinese State Councillor Wang Yi told Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif that given the important and rapidly-evolving situation, the two needed to strengthen communication and coordination. More recently and overtly, Mr. Trump said he wanted the Iranians to call him.

The United States has ordered its non-essential employees to leave the country's embassy in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, and its consulate in Irbil as the Trump administration warned of threats against American forces in the Middle East from Iran or Iranian-backed proxies.

The US moves came a year after Trump pulled Washington out of a 2015 worldwide accord that put curbs on Iran's nuclear programme in exchange for sanctions relief.

On Thursday, however, Trump responded to journalists' questions about whether the USA would head into an all-out war with Iran with: "I hope not".

Zarif said last week that only Russian Federation and China had supported Iran and helped it keep the nuclear deal going, and accused other parties to the agreement of letting Tehran down. Though Iran maintains its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes, scientists say the time needed to reach the 90% threshold for weapons-grade uranium is halved once uranium is enriched to around 20%.

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In 2011, Oman hosted U.S. officials and directed back-channel talks between the Obama administration and Iran, which culminated in the nuclear deal in 2015.

The comments added to days of sabre-rattling between Tehran and Washington, which has tightened sanctions and built up its military presence in the region alleging threats from Iran to its troops and interests.

Concerns about a possible conflict in the Middle East flared after the U.S. dispatched warships and bombers to the region to counter an unspecified threat allegedly from Iran.

On Tuesday he discounted a New York Times report that the us has updated plans that could send up to 120,000 troops to counter Iran if it attacked American forces. Details about any immediate new threats have been slow in coming, and the British general who is deputy commander of the anti-Islamic State coalition debunked to reporters the idea that whatever Iran and its militia allies are doing represents a new and elevated threat.

Recent days have seen allegations of sabotage attacks targeting oil tankers off the coast of the United Arab Emirates, a drone attack on a Saudi oil pipeline claimed by Yemen's Iranian-allied Houthi rebels, and the dispatch of USA warships and bombers to the region. Publicly available details on the attacks remain scarce.

But that qualification didn't stop U.S. Central Command, hours after Ghika spoke, from putting out its own statement rejecting his assessment. Oman was a site of a secret channel in 2013 when the Obama administration was negotiating a nuclear agreement with Iran.

Meanwhile, a senior British officer in the US -led military coalition fighting Islamic State in Syria said Tuesday he has not seen an increased threat to his troops by Iranian-backed forces in Iraq or Syria.

Trump will meet with the President of the Swiss Confederation, Ueli Maurer, at the White House to discuss the nations' relationship and "matters such as Switzerland's role in facilitating diplomatic relations and other global issues", the White House said in a statement.

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