U.S. says Iran threats are 'on hold' after deploying bombers

22 Mai, 2019, 02:15 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Women walk under a bridge in Tehran a day after US President Donald Trump said if Iran attacks American interests it will be destroyed

"If America is attacked, America needs to be united in responding to protect American interests", Pompeo told Salem radio host Hugh Hewitt before the briefing. Over the past several weeks the US has sent an aircraft carrier and other resources to the Persian Gulf region, and evacuated nonessential personnel from Iraq, amid unspecified threats the administration says are linked to Iran. But if Iran attacked U.S. military forces first, four out of five believed the United States should respond militarily in a full or limited way, the May 17-20 poll showed. "I would consider that a hold", Shanahan said.

"We'll see what happens", Trump told reporters Monday as he left the White House for a campaign rally. USA government sources said Washington strongly suspected Shi'ite militias with ties to Tehran were behind a rocket attack in Baghdad's Green Zone.

Almost half - 49% - of all Americans disapprove of how Republican Trump is handling relations with Iran, the poll found, with 31% saying they strongly disapprove.

The USS Abraham Lincoln carrier strike group sails in the Arabian Sea.

According to a Reuters/Ipsos poll published Tuesday, 64% percent of Americans - including a large majority of Republicans - support the 2015 deal created to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons in exchange for sanctions relief. "A war with Iran would be an absolute disaster, far worse than the war with Iraq".

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. He said Iran has been "very hostile".

Democrats also faulted Trump's administration for, as they put it, lacking a long-term plan to deal with Iran now that Washington has withdrawn from the nuclear agreement.

"That doesn't mean that the threats that we've previously identified have gone away", he said.

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Clapper stressed, as have some other analysts and diplomats, the danger of an accidental escalation, particularly when opposing forces are close to one another.

"The thing I would be concerned about is some inadvertent incident that could go incendiary", he said.

Acting US Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan says while threats from Iran in the Middle East remain high, deterrence measures taken by the Pentagon had "put on hold" the potential for attacks on Americans.

"If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran".

The Reuters/Ipsos poll was conducted online in English throughout the United States.

Critics accused Trump of sending mixed signals. I laid down our 12 very reasonable markers a year ago; these are expectations of Iranian behavior that we and our allies shared prior to the divisive and misguided nuclear deal.

The Pentagon accelerated the deployment of an aircraft carrier strike group to the Gulf and dispatched B-52 bombers to the region on May 7 after USA intelligence reported Iranian "threats" to United States and allied forces.

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