Trump curbs hawks rushing towards conflict with Iran

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Their meeting has been seen by US media as a sign that Trump was likely to seek dialogue with Tehran.

Meanwhile, senators from both sides of the aisle demanded answers from the Trump administration on the nature of the threat that led the State Department on Wednesday to order the evacuation of non-emergency personnel from the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and the consulate in Irbil in northern Iraq.

"This president does not get enough credit for what he's been doing in Syria and Afghanistan in drawing down forces and trying to de-escalate conflicts", said Buck.

In a statement earlier Wednesday, Britain's Ministry of Defence said that British Army Maj.

USA intelligence showed heightened activity by Iran or its proxies that United States officials took as a threat against American targets in the region.

The U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet, which patrols the Persian Gulf from its base in Bahrain, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. He has said publicly he wants to pursue diplomacy after withdrawing from the deal and moving to cut all Iranian oil exports.

Zarif said last week that only Russian Federation and China had supported Iran and helped it keep the nuclear deal going, and accused other parties to the agreement of letting Tehran down.

The Iranians have made overtures through the Swiss in past months to offer discussion of US prisoners.

In this photo provided by the US Navy, the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group transits the Suez Canal, Thursday, May 9, 2019.

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The withdrawal of the frigate came about because "the USA government has taken a decision outside of the framework of what had been agreed with the Spanish Navy", acting Spanish Defense Minister Margarita Robles told reporters in Belgium, according to Reuters.

Iran is committed to its obligations under an worldwide nuclear deal despite the USA withdrawal from the landmark agreement, its foreign minister said on Thursday, calling the reimposition of sanctions by Washington "unacceptable".

A stand-off between Tehran and Washington has ratcheted up in recent days, with the USA deploying an aircraft carrier group and B-52 bombers to the Gulf last week over alleged threats from Iran. Responding to the threats, which coalition allies denied existed, the USA military deployed a carrier strike fleet to the region.

As the president sought to stop the growing confrontation, Mike Pompeo, the secretary of state, called the leader of Oman, Sultan Qaboos bin Said, ... But how many would-be Republican replacements are out there who are (a) dovish in the same ways that Trump is but also (b) sufficiently expert in foreign policy that they're qualified to be National Security Advisor?

Briefings are also scheduled to be given to the full Senate and House of Representatives next week, USA news media are reporting, citing sources.

The letter signed by Chairmen Eliot Engel of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Adam Smith of Armed Services and Adam Schiff of Intelligence also questioned why the unclassified report was only 12 pages compared to 45 the previous year.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Thursday that "the escalation by the United States is unacceptable and uncomfortable", and that despite the US withdrawal from the nuclear deal, Iran is exercising "maximum restraint".

According to Israel's Channel 13, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu - usually the number one hawk on Iran - told his security chiefs to "take steps to isolate Israel from any developments and ensure Israel is not dragged into this escalation".

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