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Trump to meet with President of Swiss Confederation as Iran tensions heighten

Trump to meet with President of Swiss Confederation as Iran tensions heighten

"The Iranians moving weapons around is not a new thing, and that they may be doing it at a more rapid pace after we have threatened them with a carrier strikes group is not surprising", said Democratic Representative Jim Himes, a senior member of the House Intelligence Committee.

General Keane, 76, was on Mr Trump's original shortlist to become defence secretary in 2016 and remains close to him.

Earlier this week, Trump trashed The Washington Post and The New York Times for reporting on alleged infighting within the White House over the administration's policy in the Middle East.

The "ability to provide routine and emergency services to US citizens in Iraq is extremely limited" due to the current security situation, State Department officials said in an alert.

The buildup began after White House National Security Adviser John Bolton issued statements on May 3 that US intelligence had found evidence of Iran preparing attacks against USA interests in the region.

The developments cast into sharp relief a president who is instinctively wary of military adventures, and a cadre of advisers led by the national security adviser, John R. Bolton, who have taken an uncompromising line toward Iran.

The US has already removed personnel from its embassy in Baghdad and consulate in Iraqi Kurdistan out of fear of attacks by Iranian-backed Shia militias.

Washington has increased economic sanctions and built up its military presence in the region, accusing Iran of threats to US troops and interests. Worldwide sanctions were eased in return for curbs on Tehran's nuclear programme.

President Donald Trump tweeted today that while "the media is hurting our country", it is also helpful because supposedly "made up" stories help confuse Iran about America's plans in the region.

US officials told ABC News there were "clear indications" Iran through the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) or forces it backs, was preparing for a possible attack against USA forces.

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Fractures have widened in the past month over President Donald Trump's withdrawal from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, with Tehran threatening to also pull out of the agreement created to stop it enriching uranium for potential nuclear weapons.

In the letter, Van Hollen, Markey, Merkley, and Sanders argue the Trump administration's Iran strategy is "increasingly inconsistent and counterproductive" and express concern its assessments of threats from Iran "fit into a larger pattern of inflating threats and bending intelligence to justify risky, predetermined policies".

Last month, the USA escalated its campaign by taking the unprecedented step of designating Iran's Revolutionary Guards a terrorist organization, leading Iran to counter by placing the same designation on Central Command. Nine U.S. national security and congressional officials discussed the intelligence and the closed-door talks about it on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak about them publicly.

- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 9, 2012Don't let Obama play the Iran card in order to start a war in order to get elected-be careful Republicans!

Mohammad Javad Zarif chastised the global community, saying that so far, it has "mainly made statements, instead of saving the deal", according to the official IRNA news agency.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif responded to Trump's tweet, arguing "it is apparently the USA that "doesn't know what to think". The US military's Central Command said its troops were on high alert, without elaborating.

In reality, Iran was complying with the deal, and as Schiff points out, Trump simply didn't offer any credible rationale for pulling out of it.

The source, described as highly-placed and with intimate knowledge of the dealings, said "Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani has visited Iran in the past few days and met Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Tehran".

On Wednesday the U.S. "There are serious issues and among them is Iranian behavior".