Tensions continue to simmer in the Persian Gulf, with the war of words between Iran and the US heating up.
On 15 May, Iranian Defence Minister Amir Hatami stated that Tehran had “the highest level of defence-military preparedness to confront any type of threat” from the US and Israel. The statement came on the heels of reports of a US military build-up in region.
“The US is putting pressure on Iran by the build-up”, opined Philip Giraldi, a former CIA counter-terrorism specialist and military intelligence officer. “[Donald] Trump believes that it will make Iran submit without any fighting, but Bolton wants an incident of some kind to happen to start a war”.
Thus, the US president tweeted on 15 May that he was sure that Iran “will want to talk soon.”
….Different opinions are expressed and I make a decisive and final decision — it is a very simple process. All sides, views, and policies are covered. I’m sure that Iran will want to talk soon.