Pakistan Urges US to Refrain From Attacking Iran

From left National Security Adviser John Bolton accompanied by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and President Donald Trump speaks before Trump signs a National Security Presidential Memorandum to launch the

The Trump administration provided a direct line that the Iranians could call when they're ready to talk, CNN reported.

Meanwhile, on May 8 the USA warned European banks, investors and businesses against engaging with the so-called special objective vehicle called INSTEX, a European-backed system to facilitate non-dollar trade with Iran and circumvent American sanctions.

Thousands of Iranians rallied after Friday prayers in support of Iran's ultimatum, many chanting traditional anti-U.S. slogans of "Death to America" and "Death to Israel".

"What I would like to see with Iran, I would like to see them call me".

When asked about what the Iranian Foreign Ministry will do with Trump's alleged phone number, Araghchi said that "if required, they have our number".

In an advisory posted on Thursday, the US Maritime Administration (MARAD) said that since early May there had been an increased possibility of Iran or its regional proxies taking action against US and partner interests.

"What they should be doing is calling me up, sitting down; we can make a deal, a fair deal".

The Trump administration has not offered specific details of the threat allegedly presented by Iran that prompted the dispatch the aircraft carrier and B-52 bombers to the Mideast.

'In the event that Iran chose to come after an American interest - whether that be in Iraq or Afghanistan or Yemen or any place in the Middle East - we are prepared to respond in an appropriate way, ' he said, adding that 'our aim is not war'.

A senior Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander said on Sunday the us military presence in the Gulf used to be a serious threat but now represented a target, the Iranian Students' News Agency (ISNA) reported.

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The announcement came exactly a year after the U.S. withdrew from the deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), with further measures threatened if the agreement's other signatories fail to mitigate the impact of renewed American sanctions within 60 days.

"We're not looking to hurt Iran", Trump added.

Meanwhile, the U.S. military has deployed a carrier strike group and a bomber task force near Iran, also ordering the deployment of a warship and more missile defence systems to the Middle East.

"People have economic problems, but the only problem is not economic, therefore, we must pay attention to all aspects", the president said, referring to a political activist's remarks who described people's problem merely economic.

The sweeping sanctions have dealt a severe blow to the Iranian economy. "United States allies are not happy that this is happening and they say that they will find ways of resisting it", said Zarif.

The deal allows Iran to enrich uranium for 15 years up to just 3.67 percent, while prohibiting it from building any new heavy-water facilities for the same period of time.

Fallon said tensions between Tehran and Washington have been ongoing for decades and he saw no serious outcome despite all of the recent heated rhetoric coming from both sides. Trump was asked Thursday about Bolton in light of recent turmoil in Venezuela, North Korea and Iran - all places where the U.S. has taken a strong stand without much progress.

He was correct about that, but supporters of the agreement noted that the USA could continue to punish Iran for its support for militant groups in the Middle East.

Although EU leaders blame the United States for forcing Tehran to retaliate, it is urging Tehran not to take the steps now threatened since they might be seen as legally breaching the deal's terms.

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