President Trump's National Security Council asked the Pentagon to provide the White House with military options to strike Iran previous year, generating concern at the Pentagon and State Department, current and former USA officials said.
The request was met with concern by both the Pentagon and the State Department, according to the Journal, with one former administration official telling the paper that people were "shocked" by the request.
The Pentagon said it provides the president options for a variety of threats. According to the Wall Street Journal, the request was made after several shells landed in Baghdad's green zone, near the USA embassy last September.More news: Kamala Harris likely to announce run for president around MLK Day
Speaking to an audience of anti-Tehran activists, the longtime Iran hawk said: "The murderous regime and its supporters will face significant consequences if they do not change their behaviour".
In September, Bolton, who worked hard on the withdrawal from the treaty, warned Tehran that there would be "hell to pay" if Iran threatened the United States or its allies.
State Department Secretary Mike Pompeo did not comment on the story when asked about it by reporters and a State Department spokeswoman declined to comment.
The Journal reports, "Former U.S. officials said it was unnerving that the National Security Council asked for far-reaching military options to strike Iran in response to attacks that caused little damage and no injuries". "If they're responsible for the arming and training of these militias, we're going to go to the source".More news: Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard avoid arbitration
Pentagon officials stressed that it was not unusual for the Defense Department to draw up military plans for the White House.
While no one was wounded in the incident, it angered the US.
There's no doubt that we could do plenty of damage to Iran if we chose to strike.
Pompeo told Fox News that dozens of countries would attend the summit which would aim to "build out the global coalition" opposed to Iranian policies in the region. What worries the Pentagon is that Iran is capable of hitting USA facilities throughout the Middle East.More news: Georgia promotes James Coley to offensive coordinator after Jim Chaney's departure