Building case against Iran, US military says it saw 20 IRGC boats leave Iran shores and enter UAE waters before tanker blasts. UAE, Saudi and Norway expected to present findings next week and discuss response. Iran rejects claims.
US Envoy to Iran Brian Hook: We will wait for the results of investigations into the targeting of ships in the Gulf of Oman before discussing the appropriate response
John Bolton: We will provide evidence of Iran's involvement in the attack on ships in the Gulf of Oman to the Security Council next week
John Bolton: We do not seek to change the Iranian regime
John Bolton: We do not accept the Iranian threat to Washington and its allies
Bolton: Threat posed by Iran is not over
U.S. Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook: We have re-positioned our military capabilities in the region and have achieved the desired deterrent
Trump: Iran has become a weak country and seeks to reach an agreement with Washington
Trump: we are ready for dialogue with Iran if it really wants to
Iraqi MP from Fatah Coalition says US and Iranian officials will meet together in Baghdad to discuss deescalation of tensions. Iraqi PM to travel to US and Iran to coordinate meeting.
Saudi Arabia MFA condemns operations aimed at threatening oil supplies
Saudi Foreign Minister: Iranian interference in Yemen caused the suffering of the Yemeni people
Saudi Foreign Minister: Iran continues its intervention in the region
Meeting of Foreign Ministers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation
Emirates News Agency: US and UAE announce the entry into force of the Defense Cooperation Agreement
The BLA militants who attacked targets in Kharan last night came from Iran. Balochistan
Khamenei: Our scientific and technological capabilities in nuclear science are at high levels and we don't seek nukes either. Not because of U.S. but because religiously we consider it prohibited.
Khamenei: Some said we'd build nukes but never use it. This is wrong. Because that's a lot of expenses with no use and enemy knows we won't use them.
Khamenei: There's a consensus among executive officials that negotiating with U.S. is absolutely not advised. Obama's govt didn't essentially differ, it only had a different appearance. We won't be deceived by U.S.
Khamenei: Quds rally which represents supporting Palestine by public turnout, has always been important. This year it's even more important due to treasonous acts by some cohorts of the U.S. in the region to normalize the deal of the century; of course it'll never happen. QudsDay
Khamenei: The deal of the century will never be realized and the U.S. and its cohorts will certainly be defeated in this matter. The issue of Palestine is a key issue and it doesn't concern only the Muslim world. It is a humanitarian issue.
US State Department: We have not yet decided on the extension of the US exemption on Iraq's imports of Iranian electricity
Iranian Militias are sending reinforcements from Deir Ez Zor,towards Hama and Idlib countryside,to help government Forces in storming Rebel-Held Idlib
US State Department spokeswoman: Our dialogue with Tehran depends on stopping its control in Beirut, Damascus and Sanaa, stopping killing and attacks and stopping sponsoring terrorism
US State Department: We want the Iranian government to act as a natural state and stop supporting terrorism.
Khamenei: Our only option is to use out means of pressure in face of U.S. pressures. What the National Security Council did in declaring we won't implement our JCPOA commitments on this sector, was a right act. For it will be implemented and we will use other means later.
Khamenei: When U.S. officials want to further their goals by pressure, exerting pressure becomes their strategy. They also have a tactic called negotiations. They pressure until the other side gives up and says we accept negotiating. This type of negotiations is complementary to pressure.
Khamenei: The way to counter pressures is for the other side to use their means of pressures too. But if the other side is deceived into negotiations and comes to say there's no need for means of pressure, then they have slipped into definite defeat.
US Secretary of State: Iran reduces financial support for its militias in Syria because of US pressure
Iran is withdrawing Hezbollah fighters from Syria, per @statedeptspox. Hamas and IRGC also suffering from cutbacks, as it IRGC cyber command, she adds
Khamenei: We won't negotiate on the core issues of the Revolution. Negotiations on this issue implies trading; that is, they mean we give up on our defensive capabilities. We won't negotiate our military capability.
Khamenei: By returning to the negotiation table, they mean negotiating with U.S. We won't negotiate with Americans. Because there's no use negotiating and it's even harmful. Otherwise we have no problems negotiating with others and with Europeans.
Khamenei: In negotiating with others and with Europeans, our concern is the topic of the talks.
Acting US Defense Secretary: The military actions we have taken have deterred attacks against US forces in Iraq
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Syrian Air IL-76T, YK-ATD, seen here May 14th 2019 8:37 AM UTC on T-4 Airbase tarmac unloading cargo after returning from Tehran Mehrabad airport IRAN during the night. Athough YK-ATD shut it transponder off and the flight and could not been recorded, here it is.
U.S. Spec. envoy on Syria Jeffrey: We are particularly concerned about the possibility of extending Iran's power outside Syria to target our friends and allies in the region
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USAF B52 60-0032 Grimm21 over Persian Gulf
Joint Chiefs of Staff: Open dialogue is key to resolving regional crises.
900 US troops on their way to @CENTCOM AOR will be in SaudiArabia and Qatar, per @ActingSecDef. But Shanahan says threat from Iran holding steady: " I don't see a change in any behavior. It's a high-threat environment but I haven't seen it change in the last few days"
Sources: Iranian oil exports decreased by 400 thousand barrels during the month of May
Iranian Foreign Ministry: Bolton and his war-mongering crowd must know that we are prepared to respond decisively to any attack
Iranian Foreign Ministry: Bolton's accusations of Tehran of the events of Fujairah just a funny claim caused by the hostility knot to Iran
Rouhani: Dialogue is possible with Washington if sanctions are lifted
The Iranian president: Our standard in dealing with Washington is its practical behavior, not Trump's
Iranian naval mines likely used in UAE tankers attacks: Bolton
Khamenei: It is expected that all capabilities and capacities of the country's Armed Forces be exploited in this crucial position; the country be provided impervious air defense; and the coherent, complete, strong and up-to-date network of commanding and controlling Air Defense be strengthened.
Khamenei: Major-General Mousavi Given the segregation of Air Defense affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran's Army from the Khatam Al-Anbiya Air Defense Base, I hereby appoint you as the Commander-in-Chief of this base,while you shall remain in your position of Commander-in-Chief of Army.
US national security adviser John Bolton: We are trying to be prudent and responsible in our response to Iranian and Iran proxy activity in Gulf region