Publicado: Sáb, May 18, 2019
Global | Por Milagro Delgado

Iranian missiles on small boats spotted in Persian Gulf

Iranian missiles on small boats spotted in Persian Gulf

"The missiles on civilian boats are a concern", said the official, who asked not to be named.

As military officials struggled to show that the threat from Iran was growing, intelligence officials declassified a photograph of one of the small boats, called dhows, carrying what was described as a functional Iranian missile.

On Wednesday, the State Department ordered the evacuation of non-essential personnel from the US embassy in Baghdad and the consulate in Erbil.

But King, an independent who caucuses with Democrats and a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said he is anxious about "who is provoking whom?" That included the possibility that Iranian-backed militias in Iraq and Syria might attack USA forces or facilities. But an an initial assessment has concluded that an Iranian-backed group placed explosive charges on the hulls of the four vessels, said a US official.

"They are getting way out ahead of themselves and Trump is annoyed", the official said.

Bolton, who advocated regime change in Iran before joining the White House a year ago, is "just in a different place" from Trump, although the president has been a fierce critic of Iran since long before he hired Bolton. China has retaliated against Trump's tariffs by raising tariffs on soybeans, sorghum, pork, and other USA agricultural products, plus slowed down purchases by state-owned companies.

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Trump has said publicly he wants to pursue a diplomatic route after withdrawing from the 2015 deal and moving to cut off all Iranian oil exports this month.

American officials said that USA intelligence continues to see multiple threat streams from Iran across the Middle East, not just in the Gulf region.

Trump is not inclined to respond forcefully unless there is a "big move" from the Iranians, a senior White House official said.

Trump denied any "infighting" related to his Middle East policies in a tweet on Wednesday.

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Purdue said Wednesday night that he is putting together a second round of financial assistance for farmers and ranchers hit by President Trump's trade war with China. All sides, views and policies are covered. "I am not in a position to talk about military preparedness in Iran".

On Thursday, The Trump administration will provide a classified briefing for senior lawmakers on the intelligence that shows Iranian missiles being moved onto boats in the Persian Gulf. US farm exports have plummeted and prices are at 10-year lows.

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