China warns USA against 'opening Pandora's Box' as Iran tensions soar

Iranian authorities say they are still debating whether to

"We call on all sides to remain rational and exercise restraint, and not take any escalatory actions that irritate regional tensions, and not open a Pandora's box", Foreign Minister Wang Yi told reporters on Tuesday.

Similarly measured sentiments of resolve came from Iran, where President Hassan Rouhani said, "We do not wage war with any nation", but Iranians will withstand mounting USA pressure and prevail in the brinksmanship.

In the very first phase of withdrawing from the nuclear commitments on May 8, Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has announced a cease to enriched uranium and heavy water sales by Iran to other nations.

Following U.S. President Donald Trump pulling the United States out of the nuclear accord inked in 2015 between Iran and six major powers and restoring sanctions on Iran, Tehran said it planned to keep more enriched uranium than is permitted under the pact.

The U.S. military released additional imagery on Monday.

Stating that the USA is after Iran's isolation and Iranophobia, he said, "Despite what the United States' attempts not to pay the price of violating its commitments, they are paying a very high price today, and there are only a couple of small countries that approve them".

Bilateral strains escalated even higher last week, after Washington accused Tehran of orchestrating attacks on two global oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman, prompting the U.S. Department of Defense to announce it would deploy an additional 1,000 troops to the Mideast, Monday night. I was in Iran and we are also talking with the Americans.

The US troop deployment to the Middle East was announced by Mr Shanahan late on Monday.

The Pentagon released new images on Monday that it said showed Iran was behind the attack on one of the ships.

This week, on the heels of two more tanker bombings in the Gulf of Oman, the Pentagon announced it will send another 1,000 troops to the region, including another battalion of Patriot missile batteries, more surveillance aircraft and security personnel. Any unilateral behavior has no basis in worldwide law.

"Sadly, the spirit of the JCPOA has been damaged by them and some of the parties of the other side", Rouhani deplored, saying the deal's spirit is supposed to be easier trade and economic interaction with Iran.

The United States is planning to carry out a "massive" tactical attack on an Iranian target, a Western diplomat at the UN headquarters in NY has told Israel's Maariv newspaper.

Washington has said the photos appeared to show an attempt to remove evidence from the scene of the incident.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani announced on May 8 that Tehran would stop observing some restrictions it had agreed to in the agreement, in retaliation for Washington's withdrawal past year. Lindsey Graham of SC said, adding that he doesn't believe the president would need to come to Congress before striking Iran. Sen.

Dr Rouhani added, "Instead of appreciating Iran's humanitarian move and apologising Iran and its guest, they started a propaganda; of course, nobody except for the US, Britain and their disciples, which are a couple of small countries in the region, believed these words".

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