The Pentagon is also preparing “aggressive steps,” against Iran

“We are going to take steps necessary to address Iran’s malign influence in the region,” Defense Department spokesman Rob Manning told reporters at the Pentagon, shortly after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo laid down a 12-condition ultimatum for Iran to halt its nuclear problem and its support for terror. “They are a destabilizing force in the region … and we’re going to do everything we can to avert that,” Manning said. “This is a whole government solution that we’re working on.” Without citing any specific action, the Pentagon spokesman said: “We’re assessing if we’re going to double down on current actions or implement new actions. It’s on the table, we’re not going to rule out anything necessary to address Iran.”

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