In addition to a new round of sanctions against Iran, the United States could continue to increase its presence in the Middle East, with the top commander in the region claiming that a greater show of force is the only way to combat reported threats from Washington’s latest enemy…
This, according to a new report, which cites the commander of U.S. forces in the Middle East, saying he may recommend a return to a larger U.S. military presence in the region—because he believes the deployment of additional aircraft carriers and other capabilities last month helped curtail threats from Iran.
Meanwhile, Germany’s foreign minister traveled to Tehran to meet with officials on Monday, in an attempt to ease tensions, and to convince Iran not to pull out of the 2015 nuclear deal.
During the visit, Iran’s foreign minister said President Trump is to blame for the ongoing tensions between the two countries. And he warned that the US “cannot expect to stay safe” after launching an economic war against Iran.
That economic war has come in the form of continued sanctions, with the latest round targeting Iran’s largest petrochemical company, under the accusation that it has been doing business with Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, which the US has designated as a terrorist organization.
In addition to increasing sanctions and declaring that military action is an option, Trump has also said that he is potentially ready to hold talks with Iran. But a spokesperson for Iran’s foreign ministry argued that the US must first ease economic pressure on the Iranian people before progress can be made.
“We will think about the rhetoric and words when they are accompanied with actions and change of attitude. The best example would be a decrease in pain and suffering of the Iranian people caused by the illegal and targeted pressure by the US government against the Iranian nation,” Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Abbas Mousavi said.
In the midst of talks about increased US military presence, Iran’s state TV showcased the country’s new air defense system on Sunday, claiming that it is capable of targeting fighter jets and drones.
Now it remains to be seen whether the United States will attempt to pursue talks with Iran, as it continues to increase sanctions and to use its military presence in the Middle East as a show of force.