Iran will be met with 'great force' if it moves against US

US President Donald Trump gestures as he delivers remarks on immigration at the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington DC

Hours later, two influential Shiite figures in Iraq warned about pulling their country into a war between the United States and Iran, saying it would turn Iraq into a battlefield and inflict much harm.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called Omani Sultan Qaboos last week and discussed the situation in Yemen and Iranian threats to the Gulf region.

A rocket landed in Baghdad's Green Zone near the U.S. Embassy compound on May 19 but caused no casualties or significant damage. There were no claims of responsibility.

Others doubted that Trump would respond to anyone other than Iran's top leaders, Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei or President Hassan Rouhani.

Trump has blown hot and cold over Iran, leading many in Washington to fear he is rushing to conflict, but then indicating that he has no desire to embroil the United States in another distant war.

Trump said in a tweet on May 20.

Foreign minister of Islamic republic of Iran Javed Zarif while taking to his Twitter handle said that Trump hopes to achieve what Alexander the great and others could not. "Economic terrorism and genocidal taunts won't "end Iran", Zarif wrote on Twitter.

The attacks include what Saudi Arabia described as armed drone attacks on two oil pumping stations within the kingdom on May 14 and the sabotage of four vessels, including two Saudi oil tankers, off the coast of the United Arab Emirates on May 12.

The reimposed USA sanctions have left the Iranian economy in tatters and Iran complains it has yet to see the promised economic benefit from the countries that are still part of the nuclear deal - Britain, China, France, Germany, and Russian Federation.

Hajilou said Iran's defenses are "very advanced". The Saudis also say they will not tolerate Iranian aggression.

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He said the acceleration of Iran's centrifuge enrichment machines remained within the bounds of the nuclear deal, and Tehran had no intention to exit the accord.

The inflammatory tweet comes as relationship between Washington and Tehran has become increasingly strained in recent weeks, raising concerns about a potential U.S. -Iran conflict.

Mr Trump said on Monday that he could negotiate with Tehran "if and when they are ever ready".

"We are certain. there will not be a war since neither we want a war nor does anyone have the illusion they can confront Iran in the region", Zarif told state-run news agency IRNA at the end of a visit to China.

Mr Hossein's remark comes after Mr Trump in a series of tweets on Sunday asked Iran "never to threaten" the United States and warned Tehran that if it wants a fight, it would be "the official end" of the Islamic nation.

The Houthis' Al-Masirah satellite news channel denied that the rebels had any involvement with this round of rocket fire.

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

Iran has always said it does not seek nuclear weapons.

Tehran has set a July 7 deadline for Europe to come up with new terms for the deal, or it will enrich closer to weapons-grade levels in a Middle East already on edge.

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