Iranian President says USA waging 'all-out war' as Pompeo issues new threats

Iranian President says USA waging 'all-out war' as Pompeo issues new threats

Iran's situation could be worse than it was during the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war, he said according to the government's official website.

Along with the USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group, the bombers were ordered into CENTCOM after what White House national security adviser John Bolton said last week were a "number of troubling and escalatory indications and warnings" from Iran.

Pakistani authorities said on Sunday that they had notified the United States that Pakistan was against any attack on Iran, as such an act would be "destructive for the regional peace".

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani, who is under heavy domestic political pressure, has called for unity among Iran's political factions. "They were very threatening, and we just want to have - we have to have great security for this country", Trump said.

In response to alleged threats from Iran, the USS Arlington, which transports marines, amphibious vehicles, conventional landing craft and rotary aircraft, and the Patriot air defence system will join the Abraham Lincoln carrier group, the Pentagon announced on Friday.

But Iranian naval commander Rear Admiral Hossien Khanzadi has called for the USA to leave the region, according to Reuters, which cited Iranian media.

Iran said it was responding to the sweeping unilateral sanctions that Washington has re-imposed since it quit the agreement one year ago, which have dealt a severe blow to the Iranian economy.

The bomber mission was the first for the unit since it was deployed to the region last week, in response to what USA officials have described as indications of Iranian threats against US forces in Iraq, Syria and at sea.

He added, "If [the Americans] make a move we will hit them in the head".

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Trump, who a year ago pulled Washington out of the Iran nuclear deal and reimposed sanctions on Tehran, has expressed a willingness to meet Iranian leaders in the past to no avail and renewed that appeal in talking to reporters on Thursday.

Tensions between the USA and Iran have grown since April when Washington opted to further squeeze Tehran by ending sanctions waivers granted to eight countries that import Iranian oil and listing the Army of the Guardians as a terror organisation.

Last week, Trump urged Iran's leaders to talk to him about giving up their nuclear programme and said he could not rule out a military confrontation.

The Swiss embassy in Tehran represents USA interests in the Islamic Republic.

"Iran or its proxies could respond by targeting commercial vessels, including oil tankers, or U.S. military vessels in the Red Sea, Bab-el-Mandeb Strait, or the Persian Gulf", MARAD said. "If they do, we are open to talk to them", Trump told reporters at the White House on Thursday. "USA allies are not happy that this is happening and they say that they will find ways of resisting it", said Zarif.

And acting United States defence secretary Patrick Shanahan said called on Iran to "cease all provocation" and said they would hold the regime accountable for "any attack on United States forces or interests".

Trump rashly rejected that trade-off, and his administration has sought to squeeze Iran with sanctions that could prompt Iran to abandon what's left of the deal.

Yadollah Javani, the IRGC's deputy head for political affairs, spoke after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo threatened a "swift and decisive" response to any attack by Iran.

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