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US and Iran Inch Closer to Armed Conflict

Bolton Briefs Press Following National Security Summit

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26 Jun 2019 (All day)
US and Iran Inch Closer to Armed Conflict
Already white-hot tensions between Iran and the US intensified further on Tuesday with officials in both countries throwing insults and accusations at the other, with Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Musavi tweeting that US sanctions on senior regime officials meant the "permanent closure of the path of diplomacy." Iran also announced it would soon take additional steps in the area of nuclear development  that it said it wouldn’t when it signed the 2015 JCPOA nuclear agreement. Meanwhile, various statements by Russian officials indicated their support for Teheran against the US while a Chinese statement urged “calm and restraint” from all parties.

Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev said in Jerusalem on Tuesday that “Iran has been and will be an ally and partner of ours, with which we have gradually developing ties for quite some time, both bilaterally and multilaterally. Any attempts to make Tehran look like the main threat to global security, to put it in the same basket as ISIS or any other terror group, are unacceptable. Iran has been contributing a lot to the fight against terrorism in Syria, helping to stabilize the situation. We call upon our partners to exercise restraint and to take efforts to alleviate the concerns and tensions. Efforts should be made to decrease tensions between Israel and Iran.”

Here is a video of US National Security Advisor John Bolton’s own remarks to the press



Here is a video about Iran’s renegade ballistic missile program posted by Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs

 

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