Iran Dismisses Possibility of Conflict, Says Does Not Want War

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Iran’s top diplomat on Saturday dismissed the possibility of war erupting in the region, saying Tehran did not want a conflict and that no country had the “illusion it can confront Iran”, the state news agency IRNA reported.

Tensions between Washington and Tehran have increased in recent days, raising concerns about a potential U.S.-Iran conflict. Earlier this week the United States pulled some diplomatic staff from its Baghdad embassy following attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf.

“There will be no war because neither do we want a war, nor has anyone the idea or illusion it can confront Iran in the region,” Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told IRNA before ending a visit to Beijing.

President Donald Trump has bolstered economic sanctions and built up U.S. military presence in the region, accusing Iran of threats to U.S. troops and interests. Tehran has described those steps as “psychological warfare” and a “political game”.

“The fact is that Trump has officially said and reiterated again that he does not want a war, but people around him are pushing for war on the pretext that they want to make America stronger against Iran,” Zarif said.

He told Reuters last month that Trump could be lured into a conflict by the likes of U.S. national security adviser John Bolton, an ardent Iran hawk.

In Tehran, Major General Hossein Salami, the commander of the Revolutionary Guards, said on Saturday that Iran had nothing to fear from the United States, which he said was in decline, the semi-official news agency ISNA reported.

“The U.S. political system is full of cracks. Though impressive-looking, it has osteoporosis. In fact, America’s story is like the World Trade Center towers that collapse with a sudden blow,” Salami, known for his fiery rhetoric, was quoted as saying. He was referring to the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

REGIONAL TENSIONS

In a sign of the heightened tension across the region, Exxon Mobil evacuated foreign staff from an oilfield in neighboring Iraq after days of saber rattling between Washington and Tehran.

Elsewhere in the Gulf, Bahrain warned its citizens against traveling to Iraq or Iran due to “unstable conditions”.

In Washington, officials urged U.S. commercial airliners flying over the waters of the Gulf and the Gulf of Oman to exercise caution.

A Norwegian insurers’ report seen by Reuters said Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards were “highly likely” to have facilitated the attacks last Sunday on four tankers including two Saudi ships off Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates.

Iranian officials have denied involvement in the tanker attacks, saying Tehran’s enemies carried them out to lay the groundwork for war against Iran.

U.S. officials, however, are concerned that Tehran may have passed naval combat expertise onto proxy forces in the region.

Following the re-imposition of U.S. sanctions, a senior Iranian maritime official said Iran had adopted new tactics and new destinations in shipping its oil exports.

Iranian crude oil exports have fallen in May to 500,000 barrels per day or lower, according to tanker data and industry sources, after the United States tightened the screws on Iran’s main source of income.

(Reporting by Dubai newsroom; Editing by Helen Popper and Ros Russell)

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Otis
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You bet the Iraniacs don’t want war. They want to continue their filthy terror ‘war’ without facing the consequences of full-blown annihilation.

Gerald D Cline Jr.
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“Death to America; Death to America; Death to America…!?!?!” “HATE! HATE! HATE…!?!?!”

Headline: US deploys military assets….

“Oh…?!?!? Oh…?!?!? Wait…!?!?! You, didn’t think we really meant it when we were chanting “…death to America…did you…?!?!? He, he…oh, noooo…. That isn’t what we really meant. We don’t want a REAL war with America…!?!?!”

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Apache

Trump is a real leader and pulls no punches like teddy roosevelt. Hes also a good businessman and his economic policies here and abroad are working. Imagine if the demorats did their job how far ahead our country would be. I blame Obama for our downfall and the people who follow him still in our government.

William Conley
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No country has the illusion they could face Iran that’s hands down the funniest joke I’ve ever heard this guy should be Iran’s top comedian not a diplomat. I think Iran forgets it’s some second world at best little piss ant of a country in the desert that we could literally erase from the literal planet with a press of a button and a few non nuclear blasts. They don’t have a clue just how powerful the super heated rod weapon we have in our base in Australia is we have weapons that can hit a moving target in space.… Read more »

Bolverk
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Bolverk

Trump has a plan in all this.

Bolverk
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Bolverk

Now is the time to change Iran. They’re desperate !!

Bolverk
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Bolverk

Iran is in desperate shape. Now is the time to get changes there.

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