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کد خبر: 253055تاریخ: 1398/2/29 14:25
Trump, Europe increasingly at odds on Iran
Trump, Europe increasingly at odds on Iran
By Rebecca Kheel

Escalating tensions with Iran have laid bare President Trump’s split with the United States’ traditional European allies.

Several times this past week, the United States appeared out-of-step with European countries on whether Iran is presenting enough of a new threat to justify a military buildup and the partial evacuation of US diplomats from neighboring Iraq.

Trump and European leaders have had a number of spats since the early days of his presidency on everything from trade to defense spending to climate change.

But with the Iran tensions threatening to boil over into military action, critics warn that Trump’s go-it-alone approach could have serious consequences.
“We’ve isolated ourselves,” said Senate Armed Services Committee ranking member Jack Reed (D-R.I.). “There’s just a danger in terms of if something happens, we won’t have the ability to call upon them to come to our assistance and cooperate with us.”
US tensions with Iran have skyrocketed in recent weeks following National Security Advisor John Bolton’s announcement that the Trump administration was deploying a carrier strike group and bomber task force to the Middle East over unspecified “troubling and escalatory indications and warnings” from Iran.
US lawmakers saw their own alarm spike after the State Department announced the ordered departure of non-emergency personnel at the US Embassy in Baghdad and the US Consulate in Erbil, with several noting that such a move was not even made when Daesh was bearing down on Baghdad in 2014.
Trump sought to lower temperatures on Thursday, telling reporters who asked whether the US was nearing a war with Iran, “I hope not.”

Reports on Thursday also said Trump explicitly told aides, including acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, that he does not want war with Iran.
But along the way, rifts with Europe over Iran were exposed.
“They’re quite concerned that we’re taking steps that are accelerating tensions rather than decelerating tensions,” Reed said of the Europeans.
Asked whether Europeans are with the United States on Iran, Sen. Angus King (I-Maine), a member of the Senate Armed Services and Intel