Hassan Rouhani: Iran under 'unprecedented' pressure from sanctions

Hassan Rouhani: Iran under 'unprecedented' pressure from sanctions

"The United States does not seek conflict with Iran, but we are postured and ready to defend USA forces and interests in the region".

A top commander in Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard says Tehran won't talk with the USA, a day after President Donald Trump said he'd like Iranian leaders to "call me".

B-52 bombers arrived at an American air base in Qatar, the U.S. Air Force acknowledged Friday.

The measure by Iran took place exactly a year after President Donald Trump pulled the USA out of the multilateral accord and ordered sanctions on Iran.

The US doesn't want war but reserves the right to surround Iran with warships and bombers just in case Tehran makes a "bad" decision that doesn't conform to Washington's interests, Mike Pompeo has boldly stated in an interview.

In the past, the USA military has described its presence at both the Al-Dhafra Air Base in the United Arab Emirates and Al-Udeid as "southwest Asia".

While the United States military has become a semi-permanent fixture in the Persian Gulf, it's unusual for Washington to call out Iran by name when justifying such deployments.

Iran announced earlier this month that it will stop respecting some limits on its nuclear activities imposed under the landmark 2015 deal.

These included, MARAD said, oil production infrastructure, after Tehran threatened to close the vital Strait of Hormuz chokepoint through which about a fifth of oil consumed globally passes.

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The U.S. has moved a bomber squadron and sent USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf in response to unspecified threats by Iran.

Vice Admiral Jim Malloy, commander of the U.S. Navy's Bahrain-based Fifth Fleet, told Reuters on Thursday its forces were on a heightened state of readiness, although the U.S. military was not seeking or preparing for war with Iran.

MARAD said USA -flagged ships were encouraged to contact the Fifth Fleet at least two days before sailing through the Strait of Hormuz.

Tensions between Iran and the USA have escalated sharply in recent weeks. Ravanchi said that Trump must have not read statements by the United Nations nuclear watchdog IAEA which has said repeatedly that Iran has been in full compliance of its commitment according to the JCPOA.

Rhetoric has grown heated on both sides.

Iran's semi-official Tasnim news agency quoted Gen. Yadollah Javani as saying that "there will be no negotiations with America".

The arrest of Iranians accused of espionage has increased since Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said a year ago there had been "infiltration" of Western agents in the country.

Javani also claimed the US would not dare take military action against Iran. Iran has threatened to go further if other parties to the deal - Britain, China, France, Germany and Russian Federation - fail to shield it from US sanctions.

A British-Iranian woman held in Tehran, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, is serving a five-year prison sentence for allegedly planning the "soft toppling" of Iran's government while traveling with her young daughter.

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