President Donald Trump’s administration has no permission from Congress to enter into war with Iran, Nancy Pelosi, chairman of the House of Representatives (lower house), said on Thursday amid escalating tensions in the region, according to Reuters.
Nancy Pelosi told the media that the Republican administration will provide a closed-door briefing for a group of top lawmakers – the so-called ‘Gang of Eight’ – on Iran on Thursday night.
Rockets loaded on traditional boats in the Gulf are among the “threats” invoked by President Donald Trump’s administration to justify military deployment in the Middle East, a US official said Thursday, according to AFP.
“Missiles placed on civilian ships are a source of concern,” he said, subject to anonymity, the same responsible.
He confirmed the information from the New York Times that American secret services are based on rocket shots on board dhow, traditional Gulf boats that provide much of the regional maritime trade.
These fully assembled rockets were loaded into boats by the Revolutionary Guards, the elite army of the regime in Iran, the newspaper said. “What is particularly worrying about military and intelligence services is the intention behind these charges,” the US official said.
According to the US public post, NPR, Iran’s ambassador to the UN, Majid Takht-Ravanchi, has not clearly denied Thursday that rockets have been transported by boats.
“We have to prepare,” he said. “I am not able to talk about the level of military training, but what I can tell you is that all these allegations are part of the false allegations against Iran to prepare for something like a conflict or war,” he said .
The Trump administration has increased pressure on Tehran over the past 10 days and has strengthened its military presence in the Gulf, reporting on Iranian preparations for a possible attack on US interests in the region. But it has not yet provided any evidence of the alleged threats, AFP notes.