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Trump: I hope we are not going to war with Iran

Amid sharp tensions in the Middle East due to the escalation between the United States and Iran, US President Donald Trump expressed his hope that his country would not go to war with the Islamic Republic.

"I hope he does not," Trump said in a press statement Thursday at the White House in response to a question about whether the United States intended to wage war on Iran.

Relations between the United States and Iran have been strained since Trump took power in January 2017. The White House has repeatedly accused the Islamic Republic of being the biggest supporter of terrorism and a destabilizing force in the Middle East.

The escalation intensified with the announcement by the US president on May 8, 2018, of his country's withdrawal from the agreement on Iran's nuclear program and later imposed a series of harsh sanctions on the Islamic Republic, in addition to classifying Iran's Revolutionary Guards as a terrorist organization, the step Tehran responded to the inclusion of US forces in the Middle East. List of Iranian terrorism.

On May 5, the White House national security adviser, John Bolton, announced that the Pentagon had sent a group of warships led by the Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier, along with several tactical bombers, to the Gulf region because of "confirmed information" about threats from Iran Towards US military and their allies in the Middle East.

For his part, announced Iranian President Hassan Rowhani, his country's commitment to some of the terms of the nuclear agreement, while Tehran threatened to withdraw from the deal gradually if not able to other parties, especially the European Union to ease the losses of the country because of US actions, in conjunction with Iran's tightening its military rhetoric against the United States And its allies.

Trump has repeatedly expressed his rejection of any new war, including with Iran, while media reports have suggested some members of his team are seeking a military conflict.

Source: Agencies

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