Friday, 22 February, 2019


White House asked for options to strike Iran, reports WSJ

A US Navy F-35 fighter jet during a test flight A US Navy F-35 fighter jet during a test flight
Bennie Garza | 14 January, 2019, 18:42

The Times tried to create distance between Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, writing, "But Mr. Pompeo also opposed the idea of an airstrike on Iran after its attack on the embassy, according to a former senior administration official..."

Speaking to an audience of anti-Tehran activists, the longtime Iran hawk said: "The murderous regime and its supporters will face significant consequences if they do not change their behaviour".

The Jerusalem Post reports that the Pentagon was "rattled" by Bolton's inquiry and it's unknown whether any option for military action against Iran ever made it to the president's desk.

The militant assault on the diplomatic quarter by a Shiite group aligned with Iran landed in an empty lot with no casualties reported. Two days later, unidentified militants fired three rockets that hit close to the US consulate in the southern city of Basra but caused no serious damage.

NSC spokesman Garrett Marquis, said in a statement on Sunday: "The NSC coordinates policy and provides the president with options to anticipate and respond to a variety of threats" and that it will continue to consider "the full range of options" after the attacks. In 2015, while working for a think tank, he wrote an op-ed for the New York Times titled "To Stop Iran's Bomb, Bomb Iran".

Relations between Iran and the USA have become more confrontational since Trump's election and his May 2018 decision to withdraw from the nuclear deal and reimpose severe economic sanctions on the Islamic Republic.

Later in the month, US National Security Adviser John Bolton issued a stark public warning to Tehran: "There will be hell to pay" if Iran continued to "cross" the US and its allies.

Asked about the report during his Middle East trip, USA secretary of state Mike Pompeo declined comment. The Iranians could do plenty of damage to us if they chose to retaliate.

The Pentagon is said to have followed through on the order from the White House.

While no one was wounded in the incident, it angered the US.

There's no doubt that we could do plenty of damage to Iran if we chose to strike.

The agreement was aimed at preventing Iran developing nuclear weapons.

Poland's charge d'affaires was told that Iran saw the decision to host the meeting as a "hostile act against Iran" and was warned that Tehran could reciprocate, IRNA added.

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