Iran-US tensions: Iranian FM to arrive in Pakistan tomorrow

The US Navy Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Bainbridge sail alongside the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln in the Arabian Sea

U.S. Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan said on Tuesday that America's actions so far had been deterring Iran rather than seeking a war.

"Our biggest focus at this point is to prevent Iranian miscalculation", said Shanahan, flanked by Pompeo, after back-to-back briefings for the House and Senate.

Continuing that trend, the USA also withdrew officials non-essential staff from the country amid an alleged threat from pro-Iranian forces.

Shanahan gave no further information about what these potential attacks on Americans were or where they would have taken place.

"I think our steps were very prudent and we've put on hold the potential for attacks on Americans and that's what's extremely important". 'If the Iranian threats against American personnel andinterests are activated we must deliver an overwhelming military response...

The Democrats, who have sought to obstruct the administration since it pulled out of the the Obama administration's signature foreign policy achievement, the Iran nuclear deal, have sought to stake out a foreign policy that sides with Tehran in the ongoing dispute, which has seen the Islamic Republic sponsor a series of terror attacks in the Middle East, including against American military assets.

President Donald Trump withdrew the United States a year ago from a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and global powers, under which Tehran curbed its uranium enrichment capacity, and achieved relief in sanctions in return.

The announcement came after US President Donald Trump said if Iran chooses to open a war front it will face its "official end".

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His warning to Iran was issued hours after a rocket was sacked into the heavily fortified Green Zone in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, and hit a building about 0.5km (0.3 miles) from the USA embassy.

Touching on the enemy's attempts to pressure Iran into starting confrontation and tensions, Rouhani said his administration will go down in history for not being the starter of a conflict.

"I just hope Iran is listening".

"We need such powers today", Rouhani said late May 20, according to Iran's official IRNA news agency. Shanahan said the deployment was in response to "indications of a credible threat by Iranian regime forces" against USA interests in the region.

The U.S. military appears to have concluded that Iran was behind the reported attack May 12 on four commercial vessels off the coast of the United Arab Emirates.

Secretary of State Pompeo said in a radio interview that the United States had yet to reach a definitive conclusion he could speak publicly about.

United States investigators believe Iran or pro-Iran groups may be responsible for the attack although the country strongly denies the allegations.

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