Behind apparent military escalation, US and Iran buy 2-3 months’ grace for reassessment

While the US and Iran seem to be on the knife edge of an armed clash, both have taken time-out to reassess their next steps. Iran has given the West 60 days to ease Trump administration sanctions, while the US after slapping sanctions on Iran’s metal experts has allowed 90 days for them to take effect. It is therefore unlikely that, in the short term, the heightened tension will explode into direct hostilities between the US and Iran, although their proxies and allies are another matter – like, for instance, the 36-hour Palestinian rocket blitz against Israel on May 4 and 5, which claimed four Israeli lives. That event, too, was cut short. Neither Tehran, while ranged face to face against America, nor Cairo, which is deep in the Libyan conflict, have the time, will or funds to spend on a major clash of arms in the Gaza Strip.
Amid the buildup of US military strength in the Gulf – the USS Abraham Lincoln carrier crossed into the Red Sea on Thursday, May 9 – US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spent no more than four hours on talks in Baghdad on the safety of US troops in Iraq with President Barham Salih and Prime Minister Abdil Abdul-Mahdi on Wednesday. Both are in touch with the Iranian Al Qods chief Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani. Pompeo asked them to convey to Tehran the message that if US forces or its allies in the region came to harm, the Trump administration would respond with direct military action on Iranian soil.

Because the dialogue he initiated with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un is in crisis, President Trump felt obliged to show he is not shy of using military muscle in pursuit of his sanctions against Iran. Kim has broken off diplomacy with Washington after complaining in vain to Chinese and Russian leaders that Trump and Pompeo were too tough. Kim watches every US move on Iran’s nuclear program like a hawk, just as the ayatollahs keep track of Washington’s handling of North Korea.
While playing for time, the muscle-flexing between Washington and Tehran continues. On Wednesday, Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani gave the world powers who signed the 2015 nuclear pact up until July 1 to ease US sanctions, or else Tehran would restart its nuclear enrichment program. It took President Trump only hours to hit back with an executive order to slap sanctions on Iran’s metals (iron, steel, aluminum and copper) exports, second only to petroleum as a source of Iranian revenue. But the 90-day period for winding down was the US answer to Iran’s 60-day deadline.

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69 thoughts on “Behind apparent military escalation, US and Iran buy 2-3 months’ grace for reassessment

  • May 9, 2019 @ 17:17 at 17:17

    I think the americans are idiots.That’s all.With regret.

    • May 9, 2019 @ 17:29 at 17:29

      Who cares what some idiot thinks? respectfully.

      • May 9, 2019 @ 19:39 at 19:39

        dear amerkan for once you have right despite no islam and zero muslim education
        our most highest marja leader look on iraq what see?
        big money 500 $billion deal discussing with amerka
        but zero to iran how possible?
        no possible
        no good no good
        2-3 months for reasesment idea good

      • May 10, 2019 @ 20:00 at 20:00

        netanyahu bir katildir ve siyonisttir peki soru şu bu siyoniztin hiçmi allahtan korkusu yok hiçmi din iman korkusu yok hiçmi vicdanı merhameti yokki hiçbirşey olmamış gibi başını yastığa koyup yatıyor hiçbirşey olmamış gibi lanet olsun netanyahuya

    • May 9, 2019 @ 17:32 at 17:32

      Apparently, thinking is not your strongest trait.

      • May 9, 2019 @ 18:45 at 18:45

        Say’s who? Another Marxist who hates America?

      • May 9, 2019 @ 22:48 at 22:48

        abd rusya avrupa ülkeleri nato kanada şimdiki brezilya lideri israil darbeci işgalci devlerdir ne yazıkki bugün zalimler sandığımızdan çok daha fazla güçlüler ne yazıkki ama allahtan başka güç yoktur şüphesiz allah ezilenlerin yanındadır bunu hiç unutmayın siyonist yahudiler allah hakettiğinizi er yada geç verecektir tüm bu işgalci ülkelere

        • May 10, 2019 @ 6:30 at 6:30

          Vallahi her gun veriyor hakettigimizi.
          Bak Israile yemyesil gunluk guneslik bolluk herseyde.
          Cevresine bak kuraklik garibanlik
          Allah kimi tutuyor sence?

      • May 10, 2019 @ 7:59 at 7:59

        These trolls are trolling for information because they don t have a clue. The good guy are keeping quiet. This is fun.

    • May 9, 2019 @ 17:42 at 17:42

      Thank you for that well informed opinion. A great case you laid out there leading up to your conclusion that is Americans are idiots.

      Might you be from a country that we liberated in 1918 or 1945 when we were in our infancy of idiocy?

      And please name another country or even another president of this country that has been able to bring Iran so close to the brink of collapse since their revolution 40 years ago.

      More likely, you hate Jews, and if someone gets in the way of your favorite Jew hating nation, they are by default, idiots in your mind.

      Go read the Bible. It does not end well for those of your current stance. Repent and be on the right side of eternity.

      • May 9, 2019 @ 18:47 at 18:47

        Got that right ! All nations that question the resolve of the U.S. are going to find out that she, according to Rev.13 “…Rose up as a Lamb but after while Spoke like a Dragon” !

      • May 10, 2019 @ 0:12 at 0:12

        don’t waste yr breath on these goat fkers…

        • May 10, 2019 @ 22:22 at 22:22


          josh AKBAR!

      • May 10, 2019 @ 1:40 at 1:40

        RiN: very well spoken indeed.
        You win the internet for today.

      • May 10, 2019 @ 1:53 at 1:53

        When bringing nations to the brink of collapse is your nations contribution to the world community….

    • May 9, 2019 @ 18:40 at 18:40

      Are you jealous? 🙂 We are with Israel….does that bother you???? Well get used to it because it wont stop!

    • May 9, 2019 @ 20:28 at 20:28

      Ok. That’s our opinion, Not bothering to give any thoughtful reasons. So who cares other than U?

    • May 10, 2019 @ 1:29 at 1:29

      …and when your third-world nation is threatened, you’ll be praying those “idiots” show up and save your bacon just like they do for the rest of the ungrateful world.
      You’re welcome.

    • May 10, 2019 @ 1:41 at 1:41

      EuroTrash Cosmin D.,

      I think eurotrash are kowtowing, appeasing idiots.That’s all.With regret.

    • May 10, 2019 @ 4:37 at 4:37

      USA will win also this war
      Salman Rushdie Satanic Verses will be in Teheran for sale
      the satanic muslim pigs will be defeated

      • May 10, 2019 @ 18:44 at 18:44

        Os eua nunca ganharam uma guerra – perderão esta também. . Não por serem idiotas mas por serem arrogante, o que leva a uma faltal idiotia.
        Vietnam, Síria, Afeganistão, iemen, Korea do Norte e até iraque mandam lembranças. EUA é muito bom com nações pequenas e frágeis. Sofrem derrotas humilhantes sempre.

    • May 10, 2019 @ 5:00 at 5:00

      CosminD…….Many Americans Argue that Americans are Idiots Every Minute of the Day. After all, Americans must Defend, Support, and Take Care of Other Nations, Cultures, and People that are Actually Idiots, since they can’t Care for Their Own or Themselves. America has been accepting that Burden for Two Centuries Now, and do not mind being called Idiots, as American Actions Protect You Too and Accept Your Freedom of Speech calling other People that Protect You that Right Too With No Regrets?

    • May 10, 2019 @ 21:22 at 21:22

      cosmin idiot romanian idiot

  • May 9, 2019 @ 17:59 at 17:59

    This propaganda portal should not attribute the rocket blitz against the Zionist occupiers of Palestine to Iran what they brought it entirely upon themselves.

    When they’re not allying with the Saudis and ISIS, they’re bombing women and children.

    • May 9, 2019 @ 18:22 at 18:22

      You are suffering from a severe case of Judahphobia

    • May 10, 2019 @ 4:29 at 4:29

      the muslim pigs are bombing women and children all over the world
      Israel not, just hamas pigs like you
      The muslim pigs killed women and children in Sri lanka during Easter

    • May 10, 2019 @ 6:16 at 6:16

      you should put a stick in your behind and say Allah donkey

  • May 9, 2019 @ 18:16 at 18:16

    After being solidly defeated in Irak and Afghanistan, the Yanks are going to get another beating if they start this one. The BULLY never learns sadly. But the US military complex continues to win big on the backs of an impoverished population while they fight their wars on borrowed Chinese money. This will all come crashing down like the Soviet Union in 1989 leaving Israel orphaned and defenseless.

    • May 9, 2019 @ 19:25 at 19:25

      Defeated in Iraq and Afghanistan!!!
      The American military never lost a single battle in any of those theaters. The stall is on the acting governments handling their own affairs.
      The American military defeated the Taliban, saddam’s army and fought a civil war in Iraq.
      Killed the father of Daesh “Abu Musab al-Zarqawi
      and stone walled Iranian (sadar) militias in Najaf.
      You are spewing lies and weak rhetoric.
      The United States holds all the cards.
      (Strongest military, Runs the financial market and has unbreaking ties with Israel).
      Your fantasies are exactly that.
      Comical fantasies to be exact.

      • May 9, 2019 @ 21:37 at 21:37

        Ask Võ Nguyên Giáp about ‘losing’ battles and winning wars.

        But In a way, you’re right:

        Uncle Sam wanted to monopolize the opium trade, so they installed a puppet in Afghanistan

        They wanted a dictator in Iraq that would not tell the truth about occupied Palestine. So they put on their Mossad hats, created ISIS, and gave the world Abu Ghraib.

        Uncle Sam they lost both wars. Only the most strategically retarded mind cannot see that.

      • May 10, 2019 @ 4:30 at 4:30

        Dominic the silly Italian,
        The US won some battles but lost the war in all measurable ways. The Irak government is solidly aligned with Iran and that includes their economy and political system. Afghanistan is such a basket case, that general must be armed and have 24/7 protection in their own compounds. I could go on and on…

    • May 9, 2019 @ 20:05 at 20:05

      The real bullies are finally being put on notice: Slow and steady sanctions until the bullies can’t help but start a war if they don’t change their behavior.

      • May 9, 2019 @ 21:38 at 21:38

        So the real bullies are NOT the fascist antisemitic squatters who murder semitic babies with their air force?

        The bullies are NOT the ones who run the Gaza Concentration Camp?

        Got it.

        • May 10, 2019 @ 1:33 at 1:33

          Gazans don’t like being under siege?
          They’re treated like terrorists because they behave like terrorists.
          If they want to be treated like decent humans then let them behave like decent humans.
          It’s not a complicated concept – even you should be able to understand it.

          • May 10, 2019 @ 4:00 at 4:00

            Manufactured by the United Nations, the squatter ‘state’ that maintains the worlds largest Concentration Camp has no right to dictate proper behavior to anyone. The Nazis weren’t happy when prisoners revolted, either.

            The semitic people robbed of their ancestors’ land have every legal right to resist their expulsion by antisemitic european bandits.

          • May 10, 2019 @ 4:18 at 4:18

            Everyone knows that the latest round of fighting started when Gazans shot two Israelis from across the border. It’s just more typical barbarous behavior that the world has come to expect from the terrorists.
            Behave like animals, get treated like animals.
            Even though it’s a simple concept, I guess it really is too complicated for you.

          • May 10, 2019 @ 15:00 at 15:00

            The fence keeping people trapped inside the Gaza Concentration Camp is not a border.

        • May 10, 2019 @ 4:35 at 4:35

          thatgs exactly what you the muslim pigs invading Europe are
          fascist antisemitic squatters

    • May 10, 2019 @ 15:19 at 15:19

      Someone from Heaven will cause the destruction of Persian monsters like Esther did and the destruction of ROSH and it will take 9 months to bury what the birds don’t eat. The earthquake will flatten every building over 3 stories high world over.

  • May 9, 2019 @ 18:22 at 18:22

    I think debka is wrong about why hamas didn’t continue it’s rocket barrages against israel. I think they just check out the iron dom, and see if they can move it to the west sector of israel to make a way for iranian missiles that comes from east of israel. I think in few days hamas will start to shoot again. And they do this until israel start a new offensive against gaza. Then iran will attack israel

    • May 9, 2019 @ 23:54 at 23:54

      If Iran attacks Israel then Iran ceases to exist as I believe that Israel will go nuclear ASAP, attack US forces and the US will wipe out Iran’s ability to make war, now and in the future. I really doubt the US coalition will send any troops to invade, and there is a strong probability that when Iran has nothing left to fight with the Russians will send several divisions to invade Iran all under the guise of calling it protection and regional stability, simply to take Iran’s oil and have a border buffer for the USSR, either way, Iran loses its country

      • May 10, 2019 @ 2:44 at 2:44

        Russia wants to control the World’s oil – so Russia is setting Fascist Iran up for total retaliatory destruction by the US and Israel.

        Then Russia swoops in and takes over Fascist Iran’s oil fields.

        What does Fascist Iran have of value other than oil?

        The S-300s have backdoors that will let Russia let Fascist Iran be destroyed.

        • May 10, 2019 @ 7:14 at 7:14

          Remember the Liberty

          • May 10, 2019 @ 22:20 at 22:20

            Remember 9/11 and Moooooohammed Atta and his jihaid pals…

            Remember that Pakistan was Osama bin Laden refuge until the US Navy Seals sent him to the bottom of the sea.

          • May 10, 2019 @ 23:28 at 23:28

            Remember who told the NY Times that 911 was “very good” in realtime?

            Remember who tag-teamed with USAma, slanging heroin in Afghanistan?

            Remember who bankrolled and backstopped your ISISraeli mercenaries in Syria for the last decade? Remember who LOST?

      • May 10, 2019 @ 2:58 at 2:58

        It’s possible that if iran and israel start a fight, israel enemy’s like arabs buy a nuke from pakistan and give it to iran to wipe israel and solve their problem easy and clean. After that if israel nuke iran they will thankfull too. I think world would be a better place after iran and israel kill each other

        • May 10, 2019 @ 15:24 at 15:24

          ROSH will not wipe out Israel, neither will Persia.

  • May 9, 2019 @ 18:23 at 18:23

    until now How many escalations and clashesd are predicted by debka ?
    after to many years, you must understand, that every US threat – military builsup is only void and psycho warfare
    only israel fake news site are posting every 2-3 weeks a new clash scenarion.

  • May 9, 2019 @ 18:42 at 18:42

    GodBless TRUMP

    • May 9, 2019 @ 18:55 at 18:55

      Yes ! May Jesus guide him !

  • May 9, 2019 @ 19:22 at 19:22

    What a horrible, ugly tragicomedy: the ultra-fat piglet (N.K.) Kim and donkey-brained ayatollahs are egging each other on – against President D. Trump…

  • May 9, 2019 @ 19:24 at 19:24

    What a horrible, ugly tragicomedy: the ultra-fat piglet (N.K.) Kim, donkey-brained ayatollahs and two-legged rats from Gaza are egging each other on – against President D. Trump…

  • May 9, 2019 @ 19:53 at 19:53

    “Iran has given the West 60 days to ease Trump administration sanctions.” So who is calling the shots? If I were the US I would lie, lie, lie, just like the Iranians. Tell them one thing and do another. That is how it is done in the Islamic world. They rely on our word and our honesty but they have none of either. Just like Hamas – they start hurting so they call a cease fire and then demand reward for stopping in the form of more aid from their donors. We can no longer play by normal rules when dealing with terrorists. Always act when the time is right for us, not for them.

  • May 9, 2019 @ 21:51 at 21:51

    Despite a news blackout from AG’s Office and censor, within 24 hours tomorrow May 10 Netanyahu is being forced by Mandalblit to set a date for his Indictment Hearing (sometime before July 10, 2019/2 months from now). Mandalblit is on public record that he will IMMEDIATELY indict Netanyahu on all 3 cases Case 1000, Case 2000, and Case 4000

    What this means in practical terms is that Netanyahu has approx 24 hrs left as a free man, and his Clean Break Drive on Iran is a smoking hole

    • May 9, 2019 @ 21:52 at 21:52

      And that’s before Mueller’s Report unredacted details exposes Netanyahu’s conspiracy with Kushner over UN 2334 – snap

      • May 10, 2019 @ 0:32 at 0:32

        Nothing to see here. Just more TDS from a mentally imbalanced leftist that hates America and Israel.

    • May 9, 2019 @ 22:02 at 22:02

      This is naive. In a fascist dictatorship, the fascist dictator stands above the law.

      • May 9, 2019 @ 22:08 at 22:08

        ‘In a fascist dictatorship, the fascist dictator stands above the law’ – true

        That is why present events have conspired to remove the fascist dictator – Netanyahu has been publicly calling all the attempts to oust him (including the 3 cases and the cases Mueller has against Netanyahu)

  • May 9, 2019 @ 22:55 at 22:55

    There is simple rule, fight terror with terror. God bless wise people.

  • May 9, 2019 @ 23:19 at 23:19

    if you think iran ,israel ,the united states and russia dont sit together and discuss plans for the next decade while drinking Vodka youre a fool.

    Everything we are seeing here is preprepared

    • May 10, 2019 @ 1:36 at 1:36

      Prove it.

    • May 10, 2019 @ 15:13 at 15:13

      Something is up, it is extremely rare when Senior White House Officials and Cabinet Secretaries attend Meetings at CIA HQ’s. Most all the Americas National Security Meetings are held in the White House Situation Room. Additionally, 5 Former CIA Operations Officers and Military Officials said that in the past, such meetings have been held at only CIA HQ’s for Briefings of Highly Sensitive Covert Actions, from either Results of Existing Operations or Options for New Ones with Very Specific Intelligence on Iran that is only able to be Reviewed at CIA HQ’s for Instant Responses.

      Iran’s Inflation Rate is now at 37% with Forecasts its Economy is will contracting by another by 6%, forcing much Economic Distress and Social unrest throughout many Providences. Consequently, there is legitimate Intelligence that the Iranians are preparing to launch attacks in the region. The CIA Iran Operations is being run by Seasoned Officials with Keen Insight and Experiences that includes Specific Surgical Drone Strikes that targeted Iraqi, Al Qaeda, Isis, and Yemen Militants along with the same skills that hunted down Osama Bin Laden to his Doom of Fate in his Hiding Place in Pakistan.

  • May 10, 2019 @ 4:53 at 4:53

    America has been using a Secret Knife Missile that Removes Selective Leadership Terrorists without Harming Civilians, and has used it in Operations in Syria, Libya, Iraq, Yemen and Somalia!

    The New R9X Missile Unmanned Missile Deploys sharp blades, hitting targets much as a “Speeding Anvil” from the sky, designed with 6 Long Blades that only Emerge from the Missile Seconds before impact and the CIA used R9X that Removed Al Qaeda’s Aby Khayr al Masri in Syria in 2017 and Jamal al-Badawi in Yemen in 2019. Al-Badawi the Yemeni Al-Qaeda oTerrorists Operative was Targeted for Organizing the 2000 Attack on the USS Cole.

    In a Highly Unusual Move, a Meeting at CIA HQ’s Top Intelligence, Diplomatic and Military discuss Iran’s Provocations and Responses should they happen?

    • May 10, 2019 @ 15:58 at 15:58

      Not buying it. The CIA still has too many Anti-Israel Brennan friends in power still. They play for the wrong side, the Obama side of helping Iran

  • May 10, 2019 @ 15:54 at 15:54

    Sadly, I think this is a mistake. The US should keep the pressure on and not lighten it at all. Iran will see that as weakness and just play it along. Islam only knows strength, anything less they will manipulate. personally we should bomb them back to the stone age, so we can move on for another 100 years when they build back up to do the same thing. Islam rears its hate and delusions of world conquest every so often.

  • May 10, 2019 @ 21:08 at 21:08

    Ayatollah Yousef Tabatabai-Nejad, a Senior Iranian Cleric said in at Friday Islamic Prayers the American Navy Fleet could be “Destroyed With One Missile”, referring to the Abraham Lincoln Carrier. As, ISNA reported from the central city of Isfahan.

    There is an alternative for America Naval Power to ensure Complete Sanctions on Iranian Oil. It has existed since Oil Began. All that needs to happen is America can destroy all Oil Wells, Refineries, Pipelines, Ports, easily and keep them out of being Repaired. This would be after the Iranian Navy, Air Force and Ground Forces are wiped out in Less than Week. As well as, Targeting Iranian Leadership Selectively and as each Iran’s Provinces start to Rebel and begin to declare Independence especially the Kurdish Province. Iranian Oil will from the Black Market this way as well, until Regime Change.

    • May 10, 2019 @ 22:28 at 22:28

      … and Shah Guido comes to power! Two birds with one stone for Big Mike Plumpeo and the WalrusPhucker.

      No problem for this crew, because they’re so brilliant and invincible!

      • May 10, 2019 @ 22:44 at 22:44

        Oh! What A Tangled Web We Weave When First We Practice To Deceive little weak, leftist troll.
        S0ros shareblueski must have given you 10 pennies for that ridiculous post.

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