Washington [US], May 20 (ANI): US President Donald Trump on Sunday issued a stark warning to Iran, saying the country will be destroyed if it attacks Washington's interests.
"If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran. Never threaten the United States again!," Trump tweeted.
If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran. Never threaten the United States again!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 19, 2019
Concerns about a possible conflict have flared ever since Washington ordered carrier strike warships and B-52 bombers off the coast of Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to counter an alleged and unexplained threat from Iran.
Meanwhile, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), including Saudi Arabia, has approved Washington's request to deploy more military forces in the waters of the Arabian Gulf.
The main objective of the move is to allow Washington and the Gulf nations to work together to deter any aggression or military threat from Iran against its neighbours or interests in the region, sources familiar with the news said.
State media agency of Iran, IRNA, quoted Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif as saying that he does not believe a war will break out in the region as Tehran does not want a conflict and no country has the "illusion it could confront Iran."
Relations have also been strained between Washington and Tehran lately after Trump issued a resolution earlier this month to try to stop Iran's oil exports completely. (ANI)