Hamid Baeidinejad, Iran’s ambassador to the United Kingdom, told reporters that the Trump administration's deployment of an aircraft carrier strike group, B-52 bombers and other military personnel and equipment to the Persian Gulf to counter alleged, unspecified Iranian threats risked "serious miscalculation," according to USA Today.
Baeidinejad denied that Iran was behind what Washington has described as the possible Iranian-backed "sabotage" of oil tankers in the Persian Gulf belonging to Saudi Arabia, Norway and the United Arab Emirates.
"We are prepared for any eventuality, this I can tell you," Baeidinejad said, amid growing tensions between the US and Iran.
He said from the Iranian perspective it appeared that some of President Donald Trump's closest advisers such as National Security Advisor John Bolton were actively "trying to convince" Trump to start a military confrontation that neither country wants and would be "devastating" for both Iran, the US and the region.
The conflict between Washington and Tehran is a “complex file” that Iraq is working hard to find solutions for, Iraq’s state news agency INA quoted Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi as saying on Tuesday, Reuters reported.
Neither the US nor Iran want war and Iraq is in contact with both, Abdul Mahdi said.
Brian Hook, US special representative for Iran, said on Tuesday, “We are not looking for a fight. We're not looking for a war with Iran or with anyone. But we know that the world does have an interest in a peaceful and stable Middle East that includes our European friends here that we met with yesterday. So we are putting in place defensive measures, prudential moves to ensure that if we're attacked we can respond but that's only if”.