Saudis Say They Don't Want War, But Will Defend Themselves

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"To Iranian President Rouhani: Never ever threaten the United States again or you will suffer consequences the likes of which few throughout history have ever suffered before", Trump wrote, in all capital letters, last July 22.

And U.S. diplomats said airline companies could be mistakenly attacked by Iran, an idea Iran has dismissed.

Salami said in a speech at a military ceremony broadcast on state-run Iranian TV that Tehran was not seeking war but did not fear it either, in contrast to the U.S., which is afraid of war and does not have the willpower to engage in one. Oman long has served as a Western backchannel to Tehran and the sultanate hosted the secret talks between the USA and Oman that laid the groundwork for the nuclear deal negotiations. No-one has claimed responsibility, but two United States government sources said last week that USA officials believed Iran had encouraged the Houthi group or Iraq-based Shi'ite militias to carry it out.

Pedestrians and drivers make their way through a street in downtown Tehran on Saturday.

Critics say Iran is making a predictable response to the United States, which has tried to stop all of its oil sales and designated its elite Revolutionary Guards as a terrorist group.

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Trump did not elaborate further, nor did the White House. Both were granted anonymity to discuss the meeting.

'I will not let Iran have nuclear weapons, ' he noted. Democratic lawmakers are likely to attend both sessions. There was no immediate statement by the State Department about the call.

"Canada is concerned by escalating tensions in the region, and supports diplomatic and constructive approaches to address the situation", a spokesperson said by email. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall.

An English-language Saudi newspaper close to the palace recently published an editorial calling for surgical USA airstrikes in retaliation for Iran's alleged involvement in targeting Saudi Arabia's oil infrastructure. Brennan stepped down from the Central Intelligence Agency in 2017.

Zarif's tweet said Trump is being "goaded by B Team", a term he coined to refer to Bolton as well as Israel's prime minister and the crown princes of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates who are all pushing a hard line on Tehran. Top national security officials often retain their clearance after they have left an agency as a way to provide counsel to their successors.

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It remains unclear whether or not the rocket strike on the Green Zone itself was actually part of any larger coordinated effort on the part of Iran or its proxies, or is just business as usual. That would potentially bring it closer to being able to develop a nuclear weapon, something Iran insists it has never sought. The official said Iran "in weeks" would reach the 300-kilogram limit set by the nuclear deal. During the 2016 presidential campaign, he promised to stay out of overseas conflicts, saying the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq were too costly.

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

"We would ask all parties to lower the rhetoric and lower the threshold of action, as well", he said.

Iran has increased the enrichment of low-grade uranium by fourfold as it says stockpile limits under the 2015 nuclear deal no longer apply, the Iranian Tasnim news agency has said, a week after Iran officially stopped some commitments under an global accord.

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