Dispute with Iran: Now Trump is asking Switzerland to help view

The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group transits the Suez Canal on May 9

Donald Trump's regime has had openly clashed with Iran since he took the White House.

"The timely decision of the Islamic republic regarding its commitments in the [nuclear deal] showed that Iran is not in a position of weakness", said Ali Mottahari. according to the official IRNA news agency.

United States officials have said they see no sign the Iranian threat has dissipated and on Thursday CNN reported USA intelligence indicates no sign of a "decrease in Iran's posture". Last year, Bolton's request for military options for Iran caused concern among some Pentagon officials, sources tell CNN.

American B-52 bombers have also arrived at a US base in Qatar, US Central Command (CENTCOM) said.

The Eurasia Group noted on May 6 that "even if Bolton was simply rebranding a routine deployment" in his announcement, "the blunt language in the statement seems created to intimidate and potentially provoke the Iranian leadership to lash out".

"But I do not despair and have great hope for the future and believe that we can move past these hard conditions provided that we are united", Rohani added.

Shortly after Trump asked Iran to call him, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued a statement warning that the USA would issue a "swift and decisive" U.S. response to any attack.

The IRGC commander said a United States war against Iran was impossible, claiming Washington lacked the necessary military strength.

The senior military commander also said the USA will not dare to wage a war on Iran despite its deployment of bombers and an aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf.

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The increasing tensions come as Tehran said Wednesday it had stopped respecting limits on its nuclear activities agreed under a 2015 deal with major powers.

"We will begin our two next steps regarding the level of enrichment and Arak Heavy Water Reactor if we don't get the desired results", he added.

Iran could target US commercial ships including oil tankers, the US Maritime Administration said on Friday, as a senior Iranian cleric said a US Navy fleet could be "destroyed with one missile".

"Our nation. sees America as unreliable", said Javani, according to the semi-official Tasnim news agency.

Fallon said tensions between Tehran and Washington have been ongoing for decades and he saw no serious outcome despite all of the recent heated rhetoric coming from both sides.

He said the U.S."delivered some messages" to Tehran, but did not offer any details. "U.S. allies are not happy that this is happening and they say that they will find ways of resisting it", said Zarif.

The heightened tension over Iran's nuclear program comes just after the US dispatched the USS Lincoln aircraft carrier and bombers into the Persian Gulf in answer to intelligence reports warning Iran will strike USA resources, allies or interests. The president confidently predicted that Iran's leaders "are going to want to make a new and lasting deal, one that benefits all of Iran and the Iranian people". Trump was asked Thursday about Bolton in light of recent turmoil in Venezuela, North Korea and Iran - all places where the USA has taken a strong stand without much progress.

Iran's Supreme National Security Council labelled the United States troops deployed in the Middle East to be a terror group.

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