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Israeli Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a statement to the media in Jerusalem

Israeli Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a statement to the media in Jerusalem

It was disputed days later by Defense Secretary Mark Esper, who said he'd seen no such evidence - though the president maintained Monday that there was no contradiction in their comments.

He said, "The mechanism was triggered by Iran on May 10, 2018 in a letter that I wrote to (then European Union foreign policy chief) Federica Mogherini and a letter that I wrote to the Secretary General of the United Nations", days after the USA left the deal. "What's happened is, now that he's gone ahead, the president and started this whole process moving, what's happening?"

Iran denies its nuclear programme is aimed at building a bomb but has gradually rolled back its commitments under the 2015 accord since the United States pulled out.

The strike against Soleimani, among the most powerful figures in Iran, was deliberately disproportionate to reset the cycle of violence and reinstate "deterrence" by demonstrating that the USA could respond overwhelmingly and decisively at its choosing, the officials said in relating how the strike was conceived. "And quite frankly, I think [Trump has] flat-out lied about saying that the reason he went after - the reason he made the strike was because our embassies were about to be bombed".

They also argued that the US Constitution gives Congress, not the president, the authority to declare war, and called for the Senate and House of Representatives to act to take that authority back from the White House. "We had a very brief window of time to carry out the attack", Barr said. And Klobuchar vowed to "leave some troops there, but not in the level that Donald Trump is taking us right now".

"If that is the motivation for the attack, that's absolutely a problem", the congressman said. Last week, Iran admitted that one of its soldiers had targeted the plane with missiles and shot it down.

Following the assassination of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani in a USA drone airstrike earlier this month, Nasrallah vowed to retaliate against Israel. In a tweet Tuesday, the president praised former National Security adviser and retired U.S. Marine Gen. James Jones. The US and Iran were collectively trying to eliminate ISIS threat despite their clash of interests in ME politics.

Despite President Trump and other top administration officers offering inconsistent public statements about what kind of threat the US was facing, Esper told NPR that the Defense Department had "a very thorough explanation" for targeting Soleimani.

Pompeo also pointed to increased USA naval exercises in the South China Sea in response to China's militarization of disputed islands and Trump's imposition of tariffs on Chinese imports as aspects of the administration's deterrence strategy.

Managing this uncertainty in Iran will be the major, and extremely high stakes, challenge that the Trump administration will face following the death of Soleimani.

"The United States didn't implement (the existing deal's) [.] commitments, now it has withdrawn [.] I had a USA deal and the U.S. broke it".

"When we would ask them, 'What was the nature of that attack?" It's the same for another year, "said Warren". Approximately 3,000 of those troops are stationed in Saudi Arabia, the first time the United States has placed troops there since 2003.

He lashed out at the United States for creating crises in the region, saying a combination of "ignorance and arrogance" by the USA has been fueling mayhem there.

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