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US-Iran Tensions Rising Despite Khamenei Pledge of ‘No War’

Analysts Weigh in With Risks and Highlights

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15 May 2019
US-Iran Tensions Rising Despite Khamenei Pledge of ‘No War’
In another sign of increased tensions between the US and Iran, the US State Department ordered the departure of "non-emergency US government employees" from Iraq on Wednesday following an assessment by US Central Command (CENTCOM) of the likelihood of an “imminent” attack against US forces in the region by Iran and/or terror militias it sponsors. The move came despite a speech by Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Tuesday in which he said, among other things, that “there was not going to be any war.”

“The Iranian nation’s definite option will be resistance in the face of the US, and in this confrontation, the US would be forced into a retreat,” he added. “Neither we nor they, who know war will not be in their interest, are after war.” He also declared his belief that “the control of many affairs rests in the hands of the Zionist society” and vowed that he would continue to refuse to negotiate a new nuclear deal with the US, saying "negotiations are a poison.”

Elsewhere, senior State Department official Brian Hook told reporters on Tuesday that European concerns about the US military deployments in the Persian Gulf region “accidently” setting off a kinetic conflict were overwrought, adding the deployments are being made "in order to make sure that we're prepared if attacked. We're always prepared if attacked. But in light of the very credible threat-reporting that we were seeing, it was important that we do this."

Here are some videos giving some analysis of the current situation


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