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The most recent statements emanating from the Tehran regime do qualify as bizarre. Non-aggression pact?

What is not bizarre about this regime’s behavior?

A history lesson for Javad Zarif: Iran is greater than its regime – Al Arabiya English

Amid rising tensions between Iran and the US, President Donald Trump tweeted over the weekend: “If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran. Never threaten the United States again!” Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif responded with a short history lesson, saying that Trump “hopes to achieve what Alexander, Genghis & other aggressors failed to do. Iranians have stood tall for millennia while aggressors all gone.” Zarif’s analogy calls to mind a famous one made by Saddam Hussein, in a speech he delivered on the eve of the US invasion of Iraq in 2003. Saddam urged Iraqis to take up the mantle of war against the “enemies” and vowed to defeat the “Mongols of our times,” who he declared would “commit suicide at the walls of Baghdad.” To Saddam, it didn’t seem to matter much that the Mongol army, in fact, breached the walls and occupied the capital of the Abbasid Caliphate in 1258. He was blindsided by the illusion of historical parallelism, and couldn’t be more embarrassed when the “Mongols of our times” found him hiding in a hole in a farmhouse garden near Tikrit, and captured him. Aware that the balance of power is in the US’s favor, Iran’s foreign minister too appealed to historical parallelism in his attempt to undermine Trump. But like Saddam, he seems to be suffering from selective memory. And he resorted to Twitter, where the 280-character limit makes selectivity the rule of the game. Zarif did not expand on historical facts. How could he, if Alexander III of Macedon, in fact, defeated the Persians and drove them out of Asia, destroyed the army of the of Achaemenid Empire and overthrew the Persian Shah Darius III? While it is true that Iran endured, as Zarif’s tweet assures, the Shah himself perished along with his rule. In the same vein, the Mongol conquest of Khwarezmia, led by Genghis Khan and his son during the first half of the 13th century, ended another Persian state – in the same series of wars that ended the Abbasid Caliphate. The Ilkhanate state was founded on its ruins as a division of the Mongol empire. Again, Iran endured, but the ruling political system has gone forever. While Iran may still endure now, no one can say with the slightest confidence that its current political system will. The regime in Tehran faces a set of unprecedented tough challenges that could bring about its demise. While sanctions are already wreaking havoc on Iran’s economy, there are potentially more sanctions to come, as the Trump administration has alluded to several times. Washington ended sanctions waivers this month for importers of Iranian oil. As a result, Tehran’s exports fell by half since April, reaching the mark of 500,000 barrels per day or lower. Turkey and India are the latest states to halt all imports of crude oil from the Islamic Republic.

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BAGHDAD (AP) — The Latest on developments in the Persian Gulf region and elsewhere in the Mideast amid heightened tensions between the U.S. and Iran (all times local): 

Iran’s Zarif: We will face any economic, military war efforts strongly – Al Arabiya English

Tehran will defend itself against any war efforts, be they economic or military,nbsp;Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif said, according to 

Top Iranian official: Iran will ‘defend against any war efforts’

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Sunday his country would defend itself against any potential war that might arise between the U.S. and Iran. 

Iran’s Zarif says finds no reason to answer Pompeo’s phone call

Iran News 

War clouds send Iran’s mullah regime into begging for a solution – Saudi Gazette

What is confirmed is that the American forces have raised their level of readiness and vigilance of their military bases in the region. Their naval fleet is ready to carry out an all-out war or surgical strikes. 

Iran ready to sign non-aggression pact with Persian Gulf states – Mehr News Agency

TEHRAN, May 26 (MNA) – Iran is inclined to be in a balanced relationship with all the Persian Gulf littoral states and is poised to sign a non-aggression pact with them, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said. 

Zarif Calls For Improved Ties With Gulf Neighbors Amid U.S. Tensions

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has reiterated that his country wanted to build balanced relations with its Arab neighbors in the Persian Gulf. 

Iran’s FM Zarif in Iraq seeking to roll-back U.S. threats – Middle East – Jerusalem Post

Zarif was clear that Iran is prepared to confront any US threats or a US war against Iran. 

Iraq warns of ‘danger of war’ as Iran’s top diplomat visits

Iraqi leaders has warned of the risks of war during a visit by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, whose country is locked in a tense standoff with the United States. Zarif’s visit to neighbouring Iraq — which is caught in the middle of its two allies, the US and Iran — follows a decision

Iraq offers to mediate between US and Iran | TheHill

Iraq on Sunday offered to meditate between Iran and the U.S. amid heightened tensions in the Middle East.

Iraq to Try Help End Crisis Between US and Iran |

Iraq’s foreign minister says Baghdad wants to try and find a resolution to the crisis between its two allies.

Iranian President suggests referendum over nuclear program – Israel National News

Hassan Rouhani suggests the country could hold a referendum over its nuclear program amid unraveling deal with world powers.

For Trying to Stop Wars in Iraq, Yemen, Iran, Says Bernie Sanders, ‘I Make No Apologies’ | Common Dreams News

“Have you apologized to the nation for your foolish advocacy of the Iraq war?” Sanders responded to conservative pundit Bill Kristol.

Iranian foreign minister: ‘We will defend against any war efforts’ | TheHill

Iran’s foreign minister said Sunday that the country will defend itself against any “war efforts” amid rising tensions with the U.S., Reuters

Rouhani Suggests Holding A Referendum On Nuclear Issue

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani speaking on Saturday May 25 said that a referendum on the country’s nuclear program “can offer a breakthrough”.

Iran’s president says country could hold vote over nuke deal | Fox News

Iran’s president is suggesting the Islamic Republic could hold a public referendum over the country’s nuclear program amid tensions with the United States.

Acting SecDef Pat Shanahan on Twitter: “The @DeptofDefense has informed Congress I approved the combatant commander’s request to deploy approximately 1,500 additional troops & defensive capabilities to the @CENTCOM area to increase our force protection posture. This is a prudent response to credible threats from Iran.”

Rep. Ro Khanna on Twitter: “If our troops are already under threat in the Middle East, then we shouldn’t increase the likelihood of an incident by sending more. Instead of deterrence, Iran will see it as escalation.…”

Shanahan Approves Force Protection Deployment for Middle East > U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE > Story

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan has approved the deployment of about 1,500 service members and additional capabilities to the Middle East to deter Iranian efforts to destabilize the region.,

Trump agrees to send extra patriot missile batteries, spy planes and troops to the Middle East to confront Iran threat

DONALD Trump is sending 1,500 troops, extra missiles and spy planes to the Middle East as tensions with Iran threaten to reach boiling point.

Iranian FM visits Baghdad to discuss rising tensions with the US | Iran News | Al Jazeera

Visit by Mohammad Javad Zarif comes as Iraqi leaders express their readiness to mediate in the US-Iran crisis.

🇺🇸 🇮🇷 US troop move to Middle East ‘extremely dangerous’: Zarif | Al Jazeera English – YouTube

Al Jazeera English Published on May 25, 2019 The dispute between the US and Iran is escalating, with President Donald Trump confirming plans to deploy 1,500 soldiers to the Middle East.

Iran will defend itself against any aggression: FM Zarif | News | Al Jazeera

FM Zarif says Iran seeks balanced relations with its Gulf Arab neighbours and proposes signing a non-aggression pact.

Iran Prepared to Defend Itself After U.S. Sends Troops to Middle East – WSJ

Iran would be prepared to respond to a possible confrontation with the U.S. after the Trump administration dispatched troops to the region and arranged the sale of billions of dollars in weapons to its Arab allies.

Iran Slams U.S. After Middle East Troop Buildup Is Announced – The New York Times

Tehran responded with a threat of “two new secret weapons” after the Trump administration pushed ahead with arms sales and promised to deploy extra forces.

Zarif Says US Troop Boost ‘Threat to International Peace’ – Al-Manar TV Lebanon

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Saturday a US decision to deploy 1,500 additional troops to the Middle East is a “threat to international peace,” state media reported. “Increased US presence in our region is very dangerous and a threat to international peace and security and must be confronted,” Zarif told the official IRNA news agency before heading home from a visit to Pakistan. “Americans make such claims to justify their hostile policies and to create tension in the Persian Gulf,” Zarif said. Earlier on Friday, US President Donald Trump announced sending an additional 1,500 US troops to the Middle East.

U.S. troop move to Middle East dangerous for international peace: Iran’s Zarif

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Saturday that the U.S. decision to deploy more troops to the Middle East in response to the perceived threat from Iran was “extremely dangerous” for peace. The United States said it was sending 1,500 troops to region in what it called an

U.S. troop boost in Middle East is ‘highly dangerous,’ says Iran Foreign Minister Zarif

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Saturday that the U.S. decision to deploy more troops to the Middle East in response to the perceived threat from Iran was “extremely dangerous” for peace.

Why Is Trump Sending More Troops and Firepower to the Middle East? That’s Classified

The Trump Administration has spent the past month ringing alarm bells over Iran, yet government officials have shown very little evidence.

Pentagon to deploy another 900 troops to Middle East, extend Patriot missile battalion amid tensions with Iran – Stripes

The Pentagon will send another 900 troops to the Middle East in the coming weeks in a move meant to bolster security for U.S. troops in the region amid heightening tensions with Iran, the Defense Department announced Friday.

Donald Trump says he will send 1,500 troops to Middle East – Times of India

US News: WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump said on Friday he will send about 1,500 American troops to the Middle East, mostly as a protective measure, amid.

Pentagon says Iran’s Revolutionary Guards responsible for oil tanker attacks | Fox News

American military officials said Friday that Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) is directly responsible for attacks on tankers off the United Arab Emirates earlier this month.

Pompeo: $8B Arms Sales to Middle East Allies Appropriate and Necessary

Pompeo said a newly-announced $8 billion in arms sales to Middle East allies would help protect their and America’s interests against Iran.

Trump administration used loophole to sell Saudi Arabia weapons

The Trump administration used an emergency loophole in an arms control export law to kickstart $7 billion of weapons to Saudi Arabia. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo notified Congress of the decision on Friday.

Retired generals, diplomats warn Trump against Iran war

Iran war would drag US into ‘another armed conflict at immense financial, human and geopolitical cost,’ says letter – Anadolu Agency

Tehran-backed Islamic Jihad official says Gaza militants won’t be drawn into Iran-U.S. conflict

Islamic Jihad will not be drawn into a war between Iran and the U.S., a leader of the Tehran-backed Palestinian group has told NBC News.

Foreign Ministry confirms Zarif’s meeting with U.S. senator – Tehran Times

TEHRAN – Iran’s Foreign Ministry has confirmed that Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif had a meeting with U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, saying such meetings are aimed at neutralizing the so-called B-Team’s impact on the American political society.

Bernie Sanders: I’m Working With ‘Honest Conservatives’ in Senate to Stop Trump from Starting War With Iran

During his big rally in Vermont today, Senator Bernie Sanders brought up Iran and said he’s working with “honest conservatives” in the Senate to stop the Trump

George F. Will: Trump, Obama and Congress to blame for disturbing Iranian policy – The Salt Lake Tribune

Whatever the U.S. does to Iran militarily will be decided unilaterally by this president. But his predecessor, and today’s Congress and previous Congresses, will be implicated in the absence of restraint by laws or norms.

American Iran Policy: Blame Obama, Trump, and Congress | National Review

Whatever the U.S. does to Iran militarily will be decided unilaterally by this president. But his predecessor, and today’s Congress and previous Congresses, will be implicated in the absence of restraint by laws or norms.

The A-10 Warthog: Now a Navy-Killer? | The National Interest

Tom Clancy predicted it.

The Changing Gulf Balance and the Iranian Threat | Center for Strategic and International Studies

While much of the world’s attention is focused on ISIS and on terrorism, massive changes are taking place in the military balance of the Gulf, the Iranian threat, and the nature of U.S. and Arab Gulf forces.