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Trump Sends More Troops to the Middle East to Deter Iran

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US President Donald Trump has tightened economic sanctions against Iran, and his administration says it has built up the US military presence in the region.

"I would certainly send troops if we need them", he added. Baghdad does not believe an "economic blockade" is fruitful, he added in a reference to USA sanctions.

Bernie Sanders lashed back a comments calling for him to "apologize" for his condemnation of an United States armed conflict with Iranian forces in the Middle East after tensions have risen between the two countries. That included threats to the crucial Bab al Mandeb Strait off of Yemen by Iranian proxies, Iran's public feedback about closing the Strait of Hormuz, the gap of cruise missiles on civilian dhows, proxy attacks on Saudi Arabia's oil infrastructure and last weeks rocket attack on the Green Zone in Baghdad that was performed by an Iranian proxy neighborhood.

"The attack against the shipping in Fujairah, we attribute it to the IRGC", Gilday said, explaining that the Pentagon attributed limpet mines used in the attack directly to the IRGC.

On Sunday, Trump tweeted, "If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran". Earlier this month, Zarif visited Tokyo. He called the reimposition of US sanctions "unacceptable". It also includes a fighter jet squadron.

When Washington imposed sanctions on several Iranians in March 2018 for hacking on behalf of the Iranian government, Iran's foreign ministry denounced the move as "provocative, illegitimate, and without any justifiable reason". "I have a policy to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon". Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan later said planners hadn't settled on a figure.

"Our job is deterrence".

"He underscored that war was not a solution to any problem", Khan's office said in a statement late on Friday, citing the premier.

"We want to have protection", he advised journalists. Trump told reporters that Abe has a "very good relationship with Iran".

Zarif called for the singing of a non-aggression agreement between Iran and Arab countries in the Persian Gulf region.

President Donald Trump's administration also invoked the threat from Iran to declare a national security-related emergency that would clear the sale of billions of dollars' worth of weapons to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and other countries without required congressional approval.

Iran has held three referendums since its 1979 Islamic revolution, the first to approve the set-up of an Islamic Republic and the second to approve and amend the constitution.

Since then, the threat of the missile-bearing dhows appears to have subsided.

"But they can not have nuclear weapons", he continued. "And that raises my second concern, which is miscalculation".

"The dangers are extreme in terms of miscalculation", Reed said in an interview. "The lack of direct communication between USA and Iranian political and military leaders during a time of heightened rhetoric only increases the possibility of a miscalculation resulting in unintended military conflict".

Tensions have risen between Iran and the United States since Washington deployed a carrier strike group and bombers and announced plans to deploy 1,500 troops to the Middle East, prompting fears of a conflict.

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