Team Trump is pushing Iran - for peace

US blames Iran for damage to tankers in Gulf of Oman

AsCommon Dreamsreportedon Tuesday, U.S. officials are - without any concrete evidence - attempting to blame Iran for attacks on oil tankers in the Strait of Hormuz over the weekend.

The State Department reissued travel advisory for Iraq saying USA citizens were at high risk of violence and kidnapping.

Headlines this week might make you think President Trump is itching for war with Iran.

"The Constitution of the United States is very clear", said Sanders.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made a surprise visit to Baghdad last week after U.S. intelligence showed Iran-backed Shi'ite militias positioning rockets near bases housing U.S. forces, according to two Iraqi security sources.

The Trump administration recently declined to renew waivers from USA sanctions to major importers of Iranian oil as part of an effort to force Teheran to negotiate on ceasing a range of activities, including its nuclear and ballistic missile programs as well as supporting terrorists and militants across the region.

Saudi Arabian Minister of Energy Khalid al-Falih said that the latest attacks caused a fire, now contained, and minor damage at one pump station, but did not disrupt oil output or exports of crude and petroleum products.

Iran recently threatened to resume higher enrichment in 60 days if no new nuclear deal is in place, beyond the level permitted by the current one between Tehran and world powers.

Iran remains committed to its obligations under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, also known as the 2015 nuclear deal, in the face of the unilateral United States pullout from the agreement last May, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Thursday, calling the re-imposition of anti-Tehran sanctions "unacceptable".

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The IRGC is directly controlled by the Islamic regime's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and Salami was named its head last month.

Many have spoken in favour of the 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran, reached between the US, Britain, France, China, Russia and Germany during the Obama Administration, even after Trump pulled the US out of the deal previous year and imposed sanctions on Iran. Tehran could ship the excess amounts out of the country for storage or sale. JCPOA is commonly referred to as the Iran nuclear deal.

In the Kayhan article, Zare'i wrote that Iran has three different capabilities it can use in its confrontation with the United States: "economic attack, military attack and psychological warfare".

The European Union and the foreign ministers of Germany, France, and Britain said they were still committed to the deal but would not accept ultimatums from Tehran.

Qatar has grown closer to Iran diplomatically over the past two years after four Arab nations, including Saudi Arabia and the UAE, cut ties to protest its regional policies.

Iran is exercising "maximum restraint in spite of the fact the United States withdrew from [the] JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) last May", Zarif said at the beginning of his meeting with Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono. If not, the United States would respond with force.

The Sanaa strikes targeted nine military sites in and around the city.

Trump on Wednesday downplayed The New York Times' report but then quickly confirmed he would consider sending troops.

Mr Al Jubeir also said the Houthis are "an indivisible part of Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps and subject to the IRGC's orders", a connection he said was confirmed by the strikes on Saudi Aramco infrastructure.

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