Iran warns of ´painful consequences´ if USA escalates tensions

Iran warns of ´painful consequences´ if USA escalates tensions

His comments came hours after Trump said that any provocations by Iran would be met with "great force", while noting that he's also willing to negotiate.

Despite Trump's decision to withdraw, the poll showed 61% of Americans still supported the 2015 deal between Iran and world powers to curb Iran's potential pathway to a nuclear bomb in return for sanctions relief.

Both the semi-official Fars and Tasnim news agencies reported on the increased production of enriched uranium.

Tehran has set a July 7 deadline for Europe to set new terms for the deal, or it will enrich closer to weapons-grade levels.

It has also sent an aircraft carrier and bomber planes to the region, citing Iranian threats to US interests.

"We have deterred attacks based on our reposturing of assets - deterred attacks against American forces".

The senator's comments follow last week's attacks on Saudi oil assets and the firing of a rocket on Sunday into Baghdad's heavily fortified "Green Zone" that exploded near the U.S. embassy. No one was reported injured. Iraqi military spokesman Brig.

An Iraqi military official told the Associated Press that the rocket was sacked from East Baghdad.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani rejected talks with the United States on Tuesday, after President Donald Trump said Iran would call and ask for negotiations "if and when they are ever ready".

Iran's United Nations ambassador Majid Takht-Ravanchi has dismissed this as "fake intelligence", and some Democratic U.S. legislators already familiar with the intelligence have disputed the administration's interpretation. The Vienna-based United Nations nuclear watchdog did not respond to a request for comment.

Tehran has long insisted it does not seek nuclear weapons, though some fear its uranium program could allow it to build them.

The sources, who are familiar with U.S. national security assessments and spoke on condition of anonymity, said the United States was still trying to establish which militia fired the Katyusha rocket on Sunday and the extent, if any, of Iranian involvement. "Never threaten the United States again!"

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, who was joined at the briefing by the United States military chief, Gen. Joseph Dunford, said the U.S. response had made an impact.

The situation in Iran was also discussed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron, and Russian President Vladimir Putin in a telephone call, Merkel's office said in a statement on May 21.

"I hope they're tamping down (the rhetoric)".

Few expect Iran's leaders to meet Trump.

Rouhani said the country faced "economic war", and the government needed more powers to control the economy.

Top Democrats say Trump escalated problems by abruptly withdrawing the USA from the Iran nuclear deal, a complex accord negotiated during the Obama administration to prevent Iran from nuclear weapons production.

"Iranians have stood tall for a millennia while aggressors all gone", he wrote. "Try respect - it works!" he added. "But you do have situations like Iran, you can't let them have nuclear weapons - you just can't let that happen".

But he added Iranians "will defend ourselves" if tensions do escalate.

In the meantime, Oman's Foreign Minister Rushed to Tehran Monday morning May 20 apparently in a bid to help ease the rising tensions between Tehran and DC. "We've seen launches of Iranians missiles out of Yemen by the Houthi proxy forces".

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