US issues warning to airlines flying over Gulf

Iranian protesters chant slogans against the US at a rally in Tehran

Iranian protesters chant slogans against the US at a rally in Tehran

The United States has also deployed a carrier group and B-52 bombers over an unspecified Iranian "threat".

Two Democrats with USA military experience who are vying for the party's 2020 presidential nomination shifted the focus of the race to foreign policy on Sunday, criticizing Republican President Donald Trump for escalating tensions with Iran that could lead to war. The kingdom called on Washington to launch "surgical" strikes on Iran even as the USA continued to boost its military presence in the region.

As concern over escalating tensions with Iran has risen this month, the president has sharply denied any daylight between him and Bolton.

And Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has also stressed Iran is "not seeking war", comments seemingly contradicted by the head of the Revolutionary Guard, who declared an ongoing "intelligence war" between the nations. Tehran has described those steps as "psychological warfare" and a "political game". The strike is particularly supported by National Security Adviser John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, according to USA media reports.

"The U.S. political system is full of cracks". Though impressive-looking, it has osteoporosis. "In fact, the U.S.is like World Trade Building that collapses with a sudden hit".

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The Trump administration's policies with respect to Iran, North Korea, and Venezuela are guided by highly unrealistic-some would say impossible-objectives. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani did exactly that several days later in a televised speech to the nation.

"The (U.S.) claim that it is forcing us to the negotiating table is worthless".

Iran-US relations hit a new low previous year when Donald Trump pulled out of the 2015 nuclear agreement signed by the Obama Administration, before reimposing unilateral sanctions that had been lifted in exchange for Tehran scaling back its nuclear programme.

The Pentagon later issued a statement saying Ghika's comments "run counter to the identified credible threats available to intelligence from US and allies regarding Iranian backed forces in the region".

Bahrain on Saturday asked citizens to leave Iran and Iraq and Exxon Mobil evacuated foreign staff from a southern Iraqi oilfield amid heightened fears of attacks by Iran or allied forces in the region.

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Mr Ibsen's comments come after a Senator warned Tehran the U.S. would win a war in the Middle Eastern country "in two strikes".

The order relayed by diplomats in Kuwait and the UAE said all commercial aircraft flying over the waters of the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman needed to be aware of Iran's fighter jets and weaponry. In 1953, the Central Intelligence Agency orchestrated the overthrow of an elected leftist government in Tehran, ushering in the monarchy that itself was ousted in 1979 by Iran's current clerical rulers.

USA officials are concerned that Tehran may have passed naval combat expertise onto proxy forces in the region.

"There has never been a threat or risk to civilian air traffic in the Persian Gulf from Iran", mission spokesman Alireza Miryousefi said.

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.

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