Iran's Zarif says Trump's 'genocidal taunts won't end Iran'


- The New York Times reports the White House is reviewing military plans that could result in sending 120,000 US troops to the Middle East if Iran attacks American forces or steps up work on nuclear weapons.

Politicians in Canada and the United States have been expected to turn their attention to Iran next week amid heightened concerns over the Trump administration's sudden moves in the region.

The president a year ago said he was revoking the former spy chief's security credentials after Brennan was critical of Trump's interactions with Russian President Vladimir Putin at a summit in Helsinki.

Al-Jubeir also noted that an investigation, led by the UAE, into the tanker incident is underway. "We have not invaded any country and will not do so but we will give a crushing response to [any] aggression by enemies".

Several global vessels were sabotaged in recent weeks, and the White House has pointed the finer at Iran, which backs several militias involved in military conflicts in the region.

In a Fox News interview on Sunday, Trump said he was not seeking a conflict with Iran vowed not to let it develop nuclear weapons.

"But at the same time, if the other side chooses war, the kingdom will respond with strength and determination to defend itself and its interests".

"The current critical circumstances entail a unified Arab and Gulf stance toward the besetting challenges and risks", the UAE foreign ministry said in a statement.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet on Sunday announced it would begin "enhanced security patrols" in worldwide waters with members of the Gulf Cooperation Council, which includes Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

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Saudi Arabia's Sunni Muslim ally the UAE has not blamed anyone for the tanker sabotage operation, pending an investigation.

USA government sources said they believe encouraged Houthi rebels to attack the oil tankers. An Iraqi military spokesman told reporters the rocket appeared to have been fired from east Baghdad, which is home to several Iran-backed Shiite militias.

Saudi Arabia has accused Tehran of ordering last week's drone strikes on two oil pumping stations in the kingdom, an attack claimed by Iran-backed Huthi rebels in Yemen.

Oil supplies are sufficient and stockpiles still rising despite massive output drops from Iran and Venezuela, said Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates said at the meeting in Jeddah. It says they discussed regional and global issues, without providing further details.

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

The Green Zone was regularly targeted by mortars during the US occupation of Iraq that ended in 2011 and rockets have occasionally been fired into it since then. And while both Washington and Tehran say they don't seek war, many worry any miscalculation at this fraught moment could spiral out of control. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall.

Iran has responded to USA president Donald Trump's threats saying the nation has 'stood tall for millenia while aggressors all gone'.

SPA said Sunday that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had spoken with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo about enhancing security in the region.

The Fars and Tasnim news agencies both reported that the production is of uranium enriched only to the 3.67 percent limit set by the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, far below the 20% to which Iran was enriching before the deal or the 90% required to produce nuclear weapons. "The ball is in Iran's court".