The White House’s national security team last fall asked the Pentagon to provide it with options for striking Iran, according to a Reuters source. Ryan Brooks reports.
A Reuters source said Sunday (January 13) the Pentagon was asked to draw up plans for striking Iran last fall.
That confirms a report initially run by the Wall Street Journal which said the White House national security team, led by John Bolton, had asked for strike options.
That decision came after a group of militants aligned with Tehran fired off three mortars into an area of Iraq’s capital home to the U.S. embassy last September.
The Journal said the request sparked alarm among Pentagon and State Department officials, but that it wasn’t clear if President Donald Trump knew of the request, or whether serious plans for a U.S. strike against Iran ever took shape.
The State Department hasn’t commented on the report.
The Pentagon and National Security Council said they provide the president with options for a variety of threats.
Tensions have been escalating between the U.S. and Iran after Trump pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal last year, and re-imposed sanctions in a bid to rein in its missile program and influence in the region.
The decision to abandon the Iran deal came one month after Bolton took over as national security adviser in April.
Bolton is known for his relentless focus on trying to isolate Tehran and cripple its economy by re-imposing tight sanctions.
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