On Sunday, US President Donald Trump warned Tehran of its "official end" should it threaten Washington. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Supreme Leader of Iran, doesn't want his revolution and country crushed by the massive military might of America. The president didn't elaborate, nor did the White House.
Mr. Trump campaigned on pulling the US from the 2015 nuclear accord, which saw Iran agree to limit its enrichment of uranium in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions.
"Pompeo made the comments in a Fox News Radio interview with Guy Benson on Thursday amid the increasing tensions between the US and Iran, and the calls to investigate Kerry, the former secretary of state under President Obama, over the alleged violations of the Logan Act for meeting with Iranian officials", reports Fox News.
As U.S. -Iran tensions escalate, there've been concerns that Baghdad could once again get caught in the middle.
The strike came days after four oil tankers- two of them Saudi - were targeted in an alleged act of sabotage off the coast of the United Arab Emirates.
"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.
Energy ministers from OPEC and its allies, including major producers Saudi Arabia and Russian Federation, are meeting in Saudi Arabia on Sunday to discuss energy prices and production cuts.
The invitation to Brennan and Wendy Sherman, a former State Department official and top negotiator of the Iran nuclear deal, offers counter-programming to the Trump administration's closed-door briefing for lawmakers also planned for Tuesday on Capitol Hill.
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Both the semi-official Fars and Tasnim news agencies reported on the increased production of enriched uranium.
The heightened rhetoric follows last week's attacks on Saudi oil assets and the firing of a rocket on Sunday into Baghdad's heavily fortified "Green Zone" that exploded near the USA embassy.
"I will not let Iran have nuclear weapons".
Within the White House, Trump has reportedly been concerned that Bolton and other hawks may be trying to nudge the USA into military conflict.
Earlier Monday, Iran's foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, met with his visiting counterpart from Oman, Yusuf bin Alawi.
Trump's description of Iran's recent actions stood somewhat in contrast with the portrayal given by his national security team. Sen.
Zarif also used the hashtag.NeverThreatenAnIranian, a reference to a comment he made during intense negotiations for the 2016 nuclear accord. Tehran has denied this, describing US moves as "psychological warfare" and a "political game". Yousuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah addressed regional and worldwide issues with Zarif, Iranian state news agency IRNA said, without elaborating.
Hundreds of rockets, mortar rounds and ballistic missiles have been fired into the kingdom by the rebels since a Saudi-led coalition declared war on the Houthis in March 2015 to support Yemen's internationally recognized government. Many religious pilgrims are now in the city amid the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan.