Iran conflict: “US escalation is unacceptable”

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“US escalation is unacceptable”

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US withdraw parts of embassy staff from Iraq

The US State Department has instructed US officials at the embassy in Baghdad to leave Iraq immediately. The US had accused Tehran of planning “imminent” attacks in the region.

Donald Trump seeks negotiations with Iran and does not want to know about strategy conflicts in his government.

  • “Different opinions are exchanged, a decided and final decision I make,” said Trump.
  • Iranian Foreign Minister Sarif said that Tehran is currently working on “maximum restraint”.

IForeign Minister Mohammed Jawad Sarif referred to the “maximum restraint” of Tehran in the conflict with the United States. “The escalation by the US is unacceptable,” said Sarif on Thursday during a visit to Tokyo. Despite the US withdrawal from the international nuclear agreement, the Iranian government is exercising “maximum restraint”.

Tehran continues to feel bound by the agreement. The tensions between Washington and Teheran had recently increased sharply. For more than a year now, the US has massively put the Islamic Republic under economic pressure and imposed sanctions on the Iranian mining and steel sector. Tehran recently announced that it would no longer comply with certain obligations under the nuclear agreement. Meanwhile, the danger of war is openly discussed.

“I'm sure Iran wants to talk soon,” Donald wrote Trump on Twitter, The US president continues to seek negotiations with Tehran and wants to know nothing about alleged strategy conflicts in his government.

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He disputed allegations that there was a dispute over how to deal properly with Iran within his government. “There is no internal dispute whatsoever,” wrote the president. “Different opinions are exchanged and in the end I make a decisive and final decision.”

Rumors are circulating in the US media that Trump's National Security Advisor, John Bolton – an ultra-hardliner – and other government officials are in grave disagreement with Iran's policy. Even conservative commentators recently speculated that Bolton Trump wanted to convince of a war against Iran.

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The head of the Munich Security Conference, Wolfgang Ischinger, spoke in favor of a negotiated solution in the framework of an international peace initiative. “We see the massing of military forces, the transfer of a US aircraft carrier into the Gulf, the escalation of rhetoric – it may just be a small spark or a military misunderstanding, to bring the whole thing to explode,” he said the “image” -Newspaper.

Hopefully, Iranian President Hassan Ruhani will not rush to reject a call for talks if Germany and the other partners in the nuclear agreement with Iran – such as Russia, China and, if possible, the United States – support a further negotiation approach.

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“In the Trump government and the US Congress, there are obviously very different opinions,” said Ischinger. “Another armed conflict on the Gulf, with tens of thousands of US soldiers, many do not want. This is an opportunity for diplomacy, perhaps the last to save the Iran agreement. “

Drone attacks on a Saudi oil pipeline

Concern is also growing among UN Secretary-General António Guterres. Any escalation in the region must now be avoided, said a spokesman. He condemned in this context drone attacks on a Saudi oil pipeline, for which pro-Iranian Houthi rebels have taken responsibility.

The situation in the Gulf region is extremely strained because of the US conflict with Iran. The US has sent an Aircraft Carrier Association and a battalion of strategic bombers to the Middle East, stating that it may attack American facilities and their allies. Trump accuses Iran of continuing to seek nuclear weapons, of destabilizing the Middle East and Gulf region and of promoting terrorism.

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The “New York Times” quoted a government official Wednesday as saying that intelligence information about allegedly increased danger emanating from Iran is “trivial.” The anti-Iran campaign is difficult to manage even among allies, writes the paper.

Tehran on Wednesday in turn began with the announced partial phasing out of the nuclear deal, which Trump had unilaterally terminated a year ago. Iranian President Ruhani gave the remaining partners China, Germany, France, Great Britain and Russia 60 days to allow Iran to reap the benefits of promised sanctions.

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