Washington: “The United States does not want to start any conflict, and the United States has never spoken about attacking Iran. But the United States may start a conflict in self-defence,” informed the US Special representative for Iran, Brian Hook. Hook clarified that the action would be taken in the framework of the rules of the US Congress.
US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo and US National Security Advisor John Bolton have warned that if Iran played mischief, then the United States will retaliate and will take action against Iran to protect its interests. It is against this background that the US Congress is asking a question, whether US President Donald Trump will use his exclusive rights to declare war.
While answering questions regarding the matter, US Special representative for Iran, Brian Hook, reminded of President Trump’s announcement that he would not declare a war against Iran. But Hook asserted that the United States would undoubtedly use a preventive military action. Hook said, “If the situation of conflict arises with Iran, the Trump administration will use the rights awarded by the US Congress.”
The attacks on the oil tankers in the Persian Gulf have increased since the last one month, and the United States, the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia and the Arab allies have expressed a suspicion that Iran being behind the attacks. Against the background, the United States has already deployed its aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln and B-52 bombers, in the marine region. In addition to that, the Pentagon announced that it would be deploying the Patriot missile defence system, drones and long-haul fighter jets in the Middle East. Pentagon said that this deployment is not for the attack on Iran, but the security of the US interests in the Middle East.
Meanwhile, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has expressed concerns over the attacks on the oil tankers in the Persian Gulf, the Uranium enrichment deadline issued by Iran and the increased US deployment in this region. Nonetheless, the German Foreign Minister claimed that there is a dreaded possibility of a war in the Middle East.