Trump's 'genocidal taunts' will not end Iran - Zarif

Trump's 'genocidal taunts' will not end Iran - Zarif

But skeptical Democrats have asked for a second opinion.

Dujarric's remarks came amid concerns about a potential military conflict between the United States and Iran. Lawmakers are warning the Trump administration it can not take the country into war without approval from Congress, and the back-to-back briefings show the wariness among Democrats, and some Republicans, over the White House's sudden policy shifts in the Middle East. "Never threaten the United States again", Trump tweeted.

House Democrats will hear from former Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan - a harsh Trump critic - about the situation in Iran on Tuesday.

Iran said this month that cap no longer applied in response to the unilateral US withdrawal from the deal. "They've truly been the No. 1 provocateur of terror", Trump told reporters as he exited the White House for a campaign rally in Pennsylvania.

"We'll have no choice", he added.

Both the U.S. and Iran say they don't seek war, but many worry any miscalculation could spiral out of control.

Top officials from U.S. President Donald Trump's administration are briefing all members of Congress on Tuesday about the threat they contend that Iran poses, even as Trump and a key Iranian official traded taunts.

Mr Hunt added that the United Kingdom has had discussions with Mike Pompeo, Secretary of State, over the rising tensions.

Meanwhile, Oman's minister of state for foreign affairs made a previously unannounced visit Monday to Tehran, seeing Zarif, the state-run IRNA news agency reported.

In an interview aired Sunday on the Fox News Channel, Trump called the nuclear deal a "horror show".

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The sanctions imposed late a year ago by Trump after he withdrew from the landmark nuclear deal aimed at curbing Iran's nuclear ambitions are far more draconian than those that helped bring Iran to the negotiating table under the Obama administration, and they are having a profound effect on the Iranian economy, analysts say.

Trump's allies in Congress, including GOP Sen.

These have included a sweeping embargo on Iranian oil sales, including the threat to punish third countries, including erstwhile USA allies, if they continue to trade with Tehran.

But he said Trump had allowed a "B-team" of aides led by National Security Adviser John Bolton to "trash diplomacy".

Last week, the United States ordered all non-essential personnel out of Iraq after surveillance photos showed Iranian militia loading missiles on ships.

A Senator close to Trump, Lindsey Graham, warned Iran of an "overwhelming military response" for any actions against USA interests.

"That is not what is being said. This is total information bias to draw the conclusion he wants for himself and the media", Gallego tweeted.

Already this month, officials in the United Arab Emirates alleged that four oil tankers were damaged in a sabotage attack; Yemeni rebels allied with Iran launched a drone attack on an oil pipeline in Saudi Arabia; and US diplomats relayed a warning that commercial airlines could be misidentified by Iran and attacked, something dismissed by Tehran.

"I would say to the Iranians, do not underestimate the resolve of the U.S side in this situation", stated British Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt.

United Nations officials are holding contacts with the USA and Iran at various levels to try to calm the situation, said Dujarric, without providing details of the talks.

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