Qais al-Khazali, the leader of an Iranian-backed group, said he is opposed to operations that "give pretexts for war". The White House is stressing that Trump's offer to talk with the Iranians is honest and isn't a joke.
Mr. Trump is under pressure to explain his administration's stance against the Islamic Republic, as members of Congress and allies say they fear the U.S.is saber-rattling its way into military conflict, despite the president's own push to withdraw from lengthy conflicts overseas. Oman long has served as a Western backchannel to Tehran and the sultanate hosted the secret talks between the USA and Iran that laid the groundwork for the nuclear deal negotiations.
Four ships including two Saudi oil tankers were damaged in mysterious sabotage attacks last Sunday off the UAE's Fujairah, near the Strait of Hormuz - a vital maritime route for oil exports which Iran has threatened to close in the event of a war.
Saudi Arabia's minister of state for foreign affairs, Adel al-Jubeir, said Sunday his country does not want to go to war with Iran but would defend itself. Iran denied their involvement in the attack.
In a Fox News interview on Sunday, Trump said he was not seeking a conflict with Iran vowed not to let it develop nuclear weapons. The US, in turn, slapped additional anti-Iranian sanctions and sent an aircraft carrier strike group to the Persian Gulf.
Former Treasury Department terrorism finance analyst Jonathan Schanzer says senior members of Congress should be briefed on the growing tension between the US and Iran.
The Associated Press reported on Sunday that Democrats in Congress will be briefed this week by former Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan, a stringent critic of Trump, and Wendy Sherman, a former state department official who helped negotiate the Iran deal. No claims of responsibility had been made, but the United States was taking the incident "very seriously".
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Tehran has warned that unless the accord is maintained it will start enriching uranium at levels sufficient to pursuing a nuclear weapons program.
While the U.S. claim of Iranian "threats" has been met with widespread scepticism outside the United States, the mounting tensions have sparked growing worldwide concern.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif replied on his twitter account "NeverThreatenAnIranian".
Zarif called Trump's words "genocidal taunts", adding that "Iranians have stood tall for millennia while aggressors were all gone".
It was not clear how far Iran's current stock of low-enriched uranium was from the 300-kg limit.
On the Iranian side, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told Iran's IRNA news agency in Beijing, where he was on an official visit, that "There will be no war because neither do we want a war, nor has anyone the idea or illusion it can confront Iran in the region".
We want to hear from you. But he's also signaled that the US will respond to any provocations and asserted that Tehran needs to initiate any talks.
A Saudi-owned satellite news channel says Yemen's Houthi rebels have fired two missiles into the kingdom that later were intercepted. The Saudi government has yet to acknowledge the missile fire, which other Saudi media also reported. Many religious pilgrims are in the city for the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan.