This calamitous plunge in Iran's fortunes has led Mr Rouhani to concede that, for all his bravado a year ago, the impact the sanctions are having has created even worse conditions for Iran than those during the country's long-running war with Iraq between 1980 and 1988.
The State Department on Wednesday ordered all "non-emergency USA government employees" to leave Iraq amid soaring tensions with Iran, which backs proxy forces there. "This is an imminent threat to our personnel". Still, I hardly see Iranians greeting the Americans as liberators.
For Iraq to be a theatre for proxy wars is not new. United States officials told the TV station that Netanyahu and Pompeo are in frequent contact, often about Iran.
The move sparked sharp reactions on Capitol Hill.
The letter cited a Reuters story from April 17 that reported how the administration's annual report to Congress assessing compliance with arms control agreements provoked a dispute with USA intelligence agencies and some State Department officials. The U.S. ought to do all it can to curb the influence of a rogue actor like the Iranian regime - but war isn't the answer. Unsurprisingly, given Bolton's views, in recent weeks the USA has rapidly escalated tensions with Tehran.
- The Saudi-led coalition in Yemen has launched an offensive against Houthi forces in the capital Sanaa after Houthi forces claimed a drone attack on Saudi pipeline installations earlier this week - an attack the Saudi crown prince says was ordered by Iran in his effort to ensure that Trump starts an all-out war with Tehran.
Sen. Angus King, a ME independent whorecently visited United States troops in Iraq, said in his interview with Foreign PolicyNewspaper that John Bolton's fiery rhetoric - as he described the move to senda 'clear and unmistakable message to Tehran - risked provoking Iran into anattack.More news: Helicopter goes down in Hudson River; pilot OK
On Capitol Hill, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman James Risch of Idaho said he'd been briefed on the unfolding situation in the Middle East and that a briefing of the full Senate was "in the works". It said the Dutch forces primarily train Kurdish forces fighting the Islamic State militants.
Germany, which has 160 soldiers in Iraq, and the Netherlands which has 169 military and civilian staff, suspended military training operations, citing regional tensions.
Sanders declaration against a possible war comes amid increasing concerns, as Common Dreams has reported, that Bolton-Trump's national security advisor-is leading the administration's underhanded attempt to provoke or manufacture a military confrontation with Iran.
"The Fake News Washington Post, and even more Fake News New York Times, are writing stories that there is infighting with respect to my strong policy in the Middle East".
"There is no infighting whatsoever", Trump said on Twitter. "All sides, views, and policies are covered".
"Now, based on that disaster that he helped bring about in Iraq, it appears that John Bolton wants a war in Iran".
The tension has led to the deployment of American ships, bombers, and thousands of troops into the Persian Gulf. The Patriot system offers protection from aircraft and missiles, while the LPD carries Marines and the aircraft, hovercraft or boats needed to put them ashore to fight in distant places.More news: Realme X, Realme X Lite announced: Price, specifications and more
A state-aligned Saudi newspaper went further, running an editorial calling for "surgical" US strikes on Iran in retaliation.
Deterring and containing Iran has always been a cornerstone of U.S. Middle East policy, and with good reason.
"We need to emphasize caution and good judgment", UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said Wednesday.
The reality is that the Saudi terrorist regime faces a hard situation. Or is it to inflict so much pain on the Iranian population that they will rise up and remove the Islamist regime from power? That said, Salami insisted that the Islamic Republic will prevail.
The heightened tensions between Iran and the US come a year after Trump pulled America out of Tehran's nuclear deal with world powers and as the White House ordered an aircraft carrier and bombers into the region over a still-unexplained threat from Iran.
A senior Iranian military official has accused US President Donald Trump of dishonesty, saying Washington is calling for talks while.
Last week, USA officials said they had detected signs of Iranian preparations for potential attacks on US forces and interests in the Middle East but did not provide any evidence to back up the claims.More news: Huawei P20 Lite 2019 leak reveals quad-camera setup, punch-hole display
Such assertions face increasingly rigorous scrutiny from lawmakers. During the presidency of Barack Obama and the presence of Democrats in the White House, the Yemeni war began.