United Kingdom raises threat level for Mideast personnel

Khamenei said his country won't negotiate with the United States and there will be no war between the two countries

Britain agrees with the United States that Iran poses a heightened threat and will work closely with its ally, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said on Thursday.

A week ago, the White House announced it was dispatching an aircraft carrier and B-52 bombers to the region in response to intelligence that Tehran was planning an attack against United States targets or U.S. allies. Donald Trump and his officials have apparently also discussed sending up to 120,000 troops to the area.

The US State Department ordered all "non-emergency US government employees" to leave Iraq, the US mission there said on Wednesday.

Last May, the Trump administration pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal agreed in 2015 and subsequently reinstated sanctions against the country. He then reinstated sanctions on the country.

Iran subsequently designated all U.S. troops as "terrorists", effectively making them a potential target. The newspaper cited anonymous sources familiar with the matter.

On Tuesday, Iran's Ayatollah, Seyed Ali Khamenei, said that any confrontation between the USA and Iran would not be "a military one", and that "there was not going to be any war". And, following Pompeo's meeting, some Iraqi sources have indicated that the United States may consider Iraq as a bridge to an eventual dialogue with Iran - a role the Iraqis may be willing to play.

Last week the Trump administration rushed military assets to the region in response to what it said were "credible threats"... And he insisted "the threats [from the US] have switched to opportunities".

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo echoed that sentiment, saying in Sochi, Russia: "We fundamentally do not seek a war with Iran".

"Iran should be aware that it is principally responsible for the instability in the region", Gargash added and demanded that any future nuclear deal had to involve Arab states like his own.

The Iranian regime could use such an attack to signal their anger at renewed U.S. sanctions harming their economy.

The Trump Administration has taken Iran's oil exports to historic lows, and stopped issuing Significant Reduction Exceptions to importers of Iranian oil, effectively zeroing out purchases of Iranian crude.
"The UK has always been clear about our concerns over Iran's destabilising behaviour in the region".

And he maintains that the United States wants to stop Iran from constructing a nuclear weapon.

Iran no longer recognizes the limit for production of enriched uranium and heavy water, an informed official in the country's atomic energy body told the ISNA news agency on May 15.

Meanwhile, the last two decades have seen the U.S. and its allies contribute to the "destabilisation" of the Middle East via interventions in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, and Yemen.



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