Iran accuses US of "unacceptable" escalation of tensions

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The United States and Iran have been issuing statements for a few days. The tension between the two countries is still not down since the announcement of the deployment of an aircraft carrier and US Patriot missiles in the Middle East. Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Thursday accused the United States of provoking an "unacceptable escalation of tension" against Tehran.

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"We are acting with the maximum of restraint," the Iranian minister said in reference to his country's reaction to Donald Trump's decision a year ago to pull the United States out of the 2015 deal that was supposed to prevent Iran to manufacture the atomic bomb. The Iranian Minister, visiting Japan, assured that his country is maintaining its "commitment" to the international community in the framework of this agreement.

Threats and lack of dialogue

The United States on Wednesday recalled its nonessential diplomatic staff in Iraq, citing an "imminent threat" as a "direct link" with neighboring Iran, but Donald Trump renewed calls for dialogue despite escalating tensions. "I'm sure Iran will soon want to discuss," the US president said on Twitter. Despite his campaign of "maximum pressure" against Tehran, this is not the first time he has made verbal overtures, so far without success.

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Blowing, in this issue as in others, the hot and cold according to interventions, Donald Trump had warned Monday the Iranian leaders against any passage to the act. "If they do something, they will suffer a lot," he warned. Washington has been mounting pressure on Tehran for the last 10 days and has ostensibly reinforced its military presence in the Gulf, reporting Iranian preparations for blurry attacks on US interests in the region.

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On the night of Tuesday and Wednesday, the State Department announced that it had ordered the departure of non-essential US government personnel from the embassy in Baghdad and the consulate in Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan, "because of the increased threats ".

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