US President Donald Trump on Wednesday predicted that Iran will "soon" want to negotiate and denied any discord in the White House over moves that critics say could lead to war in the Middle East. Some Republicans, including Utah Sen.
But while non-essential USA personnel depart Iraq, over 5,000 service members remain in the country. "If (the administration) were contemplating military action with Iran, it must come to Congress to seek approval", he said.
A USA official, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss an ongoing investigation, has said the other three showed damages as well.
In this Friday, May 10, 2019 photo released by the U.S. Navy, logistics specialists attach cargo to an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln in the Persian Gulf.
The remarks come amid rising tensions in the Mideast, with allegations of sabotage targeting oil tankers near the Persian Gulf, a drone attack by Yemen's Iranian-allied rebels and the dispatch of US warships and bombers to the region.
Still, the actions are exposing skepticism in the US and among foreign allies, a legacy of the 2003 invasion of Iraq that was based on false intelligence.More news: Huawei P20 Lite 2019 leak reveals quad-camera setup, punch-hole display
The US military's Central Command also talked of "identified credible threats available to intelligence from US and allies" when it publicly disputed Gen Ghika's comments in a Pentagon briefing on Tuesday. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., in a statement at a committee hearing. He said he had never seen anything like the "non-answers" coming from the administration.
"This is an imminent threat to our personnel", said a second official. But, he said, "The administration is doing a terrible job of consulting with Congress and keeping the vast majority of members of Congress informed about what's happening".
Iran's Foreign Ministry has called the tanker attacks "worrisome and dreadful" and called for an investigation. "There's no appetite for going to war in the Middle East", he told reporters.
The United States withdrew staff from its embassy in Iraq on Wednesday out of apparent concern about perceived threats from Iran, with USA sources saying they believe Tehran encouraged the attacks on the oil tankers.
Pompeo, in the meantime, issued a similar comment while on a visit to the Russian city of Sochi on Tuesday, stating that the U.S. "fundamentally doesn't seek a war with Iran". Some have suggested Pompeo and Bolton don't see eye-to-eye on the USA strategy, and Trump found it necessary to comment on that.
It was not clear whether Trump was referring to infighting within his own administration, or between the United States and its allies.
"Different opinions are expressed and I make a decisive and final decision - it is a very simple process", Trump tweeted.More news: Rain delays Federer, Nadal matches in Rome
Yemen's Houthi rebels, who are at war with Saudi Arabia and are believed by the West to receive weapons from Iran, said earlier Tuesday that they launched seven drones targeting vital Saudi installations.
Then on Tuesday, reports indicated that the USA military was drawing up plans for some 120,000 American troops to be deployed to the Middle East to respond to any Iranian attack or an acceleration of the nation's nuclear program.
The attack on the tankers near the Strait of Hormuz, through which one fifth of the world's oil consumption flows, appeared created to test the resolve of the United States and its Sunni Muslim allies without triggering a war, analysts said.
Pelosi warned that the administration can not rely on the last use of force authorization approved by Congress almost 20 years ago for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
"They have no business declaring a war without the consent of Congress", she said.
Since last week, House leaders have been asking for a classified session for lawmakers on the situation with Iran, but Pelosi said the administration indicated it couldn't come together "that fast".
Some Trump administration critics, including Gabbard, have drawn comparisons to how the Bush administration used intelligence to gain support for invading Iraq in 2003, a comparison senior State Department officials squarely dismissed. "All sides, views, and policies are covered", he said.More news: Farmer sawed off leg with pocket knife to save his own life