"They don't want a war with Iran".
Several global vessels were sabotaged in recent weeks, and the White House has pointed the finer at Iran, which backs several militias involved in military conflicts in the region.
Similarly, a weekend rocket attack near the USA embassy in Baghdad also bared the hallmark of Iran.
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. "They are setting the stage for a war with Iran that would prove to be far more costly, far more devastating and risky than anything that we saw in the Iraq war", Gabbard said.
The official said Iran "in weeks" would reach the 300-kilogram limit set by the nuclear deal.
The US has also moved a carrier battle group and B-52 bombers into the region. Yemeni rebels allied with Iran launched a drone attack on an oil pipeline in Saudi Arabia.
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In May 2018, Trump withdrew the United States from a multinational deal with Iran negotiated by the Obama administration that reduced economic sanctions on Tehran in exchange for scaling back its nuclear program.
Iran has threatened that in 60 days it would resume enrichment beyond the 3.67% level unless remaining signatories of the deal - Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany - find a way to safeguard its vital oil and banking sectors.
Then on Sunday, a rocket was sacked into the Green Zone of the Iraqi capital Baghdad, which houses government offices and embassies including the United States mission. That would potentially bring it closer to being able to develop a nuclear weapon, something Iran insists it has never sought.
Tehran denied the allegations, condemning the USA sabre-rattling as "psychological warfare" and expressing readiness to retaliate against a potential military conflict.
He added: "Iranians have stood tall for a millennia while aggressors all gone".
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Tokyo, Japan, May 16, 2019.
Zarif also used the hashtag.NeverThreatenAnIranian, a reference to a comment he made during intense negotiations for the 2016 nuclear accord. United Nations inspectors repeatedly certified that Iran was in compliance with the accord.
"I would say to the Iranians, do not underestimate the resolve of the U.S side in this situation", stated British Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt. But he's also signaled that the USA will respond to any provocations and asserted that Tehran needs to initiate any talks.
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.
Between the two cities is Mecca, home to the cube-shaped Kaaba that Muslims pray toward five times a day.