White House Requested Set of Options to Hit Iran

14 January, 2019, 07:39 | Author: Myra Gill
  • The US embassy in Baghdad Iraq seen from across the Tigris river

A Iran Air Force F-7 Airguard in Vahdati Airbase Air Show.

The request by the National Security Council (NSC), which is led by John Bolton, sparked deep concern among Pentagon and State Department officials, the newspaper reported, citing current and former USA officials.

President Donald Trump's national security team asked the Pentagon past year for "options to strike Iran", the Wall Street Journal reported, citing unidentified US officials.

The Pentagon reportedly complied with the request, but it is not clear whether the plans for striking Iran were fully developed, or if President Donald Trump knew about it. The three mortars, however, landed in an open lot and nobody was harmed in the attack.

"It definitely rattled people", one former senior USA administration official told the Wall Street Journal.

A National Security Council spokesman told the newspaper the council "coordinates policy and provides the president with options to anticipate and respond to a variety of threats".

He added: "Sometimes it seems the world has become desensitised to the regime's authoritarianism at home and its campaigns of violence overseas, but the proud Iranian people are not staying silent about their government's many abuses".


In one NSC meeting, then deputy national security advisor Mira Ricardel called the attacks in Iraq an "act of war" and called for a decisive U.S. response.

Tehran is also believed to be unhappy at comments made by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in which he branded Mr Rouhani's regime a "mafia".

"The United States will hold the regime accountable for any attack that results in the injury to our personnel or damage to United States' government facilities" the White House said.

"America will respond swiftly and decisively in defense of American lives", it added.

Mr. Bolton's request reflects the administration's more confrontational approach toward Tehran, one that he has pushed since taking up the post last April.

As a think tank scholar and Fox News commentator, Bolton often urged Washington to attack Iran, including in a 2015 New York Times op-ed titled: "To stop Iran's bomb, bomb Iran".

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