Iran under the shadow of war as risks mount | Ali Alfoneh

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Tom Udall wrote in a tweet a few days ago that the Trump administration's diplomatic failures are putting the United States on a unsafe trajectory toward war with Iran.

The President called for political unity to face down sanctions.

The Embassy of Switzerland in Iran handles the U.S. diplomatic interests after ties between the two sides were severed following the 1979 hostage crisis in Tehran. After repeating the administration's complaints about Iran, including what he called "40 years of killing American soldiers, attacking American facilities and taking American hostages", Pompeo appealed to "those in Tehran who see a path to a prosperous future" through modifying their government's behavior.

The source said the Swiss likely won't hand over the number unless the Iranians specifically ask for it and it's thought they are highly unlikely to do so.

The administration continues to suggest that its goals are a new, more comprehensive agreement with Iran-on Thursday, Trump said that if Iran reached out to him "we can make a fair deal"-but its actions have made that goal more elusive".

Separately, Yadollah Javani, the elite Revolutionary Guards' deputy head for political affairs, said: "No talks will be held with the Americans, and the Americans will not dare take military action against us".

The U.S. has claimed, with no details, that Iran has been mobilizing proxies in Iraq and Syria to attack its forces, and its new deployments have stirred talk of war.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Saturday said Iran was an active threat to American interests in the Middle East. "Iran is the major destabilising influence in the Middle East, and we aim to fix that", he stated.

United States sends warship to Middle East as Iran tensions escalate
One of the officials said the particular missile observed was perhaps capable of launching from a small ship. The Islamic Republic has dismissed the us contention of a threat as "fake intelligence ".

A senior Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander warned on Sunday that the presence of a USA aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf used to be a serious threat, but now represents a target, according to the Iranian Students' News Agency.

Thousands of Iranians took part in marches on Friday to voice support for the government's move on Wednesday to scale back curbs to its nuclear programme under a 2015 deal with world powers, and threatened to do more if signatories did not shield it from United States sanctions.

Emirati officials have not released additional information on the incident, but the USA has warned local ships that "Iran or its proxies" may target maritime traffic in the region, according to the AP.

Trump himself says he's ready to talk. However, as analysts noted, United States allies and other U.S. officials including Pompeo and Chief of Naval Operations Navy Adm. John Richardson said the strike group deployment had been planned "for some time now". The pressure on Iran could increase even further, unless the two sides negotiate a new deal.

The US military has deployed forces, including an aircraft carrier and B-52 bombers, to the Middle East in a move US officials said was to counter "clear indications" of threats from Iran to its troops in the region.

William Fallon, former commander of the US Central Command, told Al Jazeera he does not expect the situation between Iran and the US to escalate despite "the media hype".

Iran's Supreme National Security Council labelled the USA troops deployed in the Middle East to be a terror group.