Britain backs Major-General Chris Ghika who undermined United States warnings on Iran

US National Security Advisor John Bolton insists Iran is planning to attack US assets in the Middle East

"The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in Iraq". "We have exercised maximum restraints", he said.

These comments come as the United States recently sent an aircraft carrier and bomber groups to the Persian Gulf, allegedly to "counter Iranian threats".

In the US Congress, Democrats demanded to know why the Trump administration was boosting its Gulf presence and, according to media reports, considering war plans that would involve sending 120,000 US troops to the Middle East if Iran attacks American assets.

Shiite-majority Iraq has been under pressure from the United States to limit its ties with neighboring Iran, particularly after Washington past year withdrew from the 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran and hit it with sanctions.

"It is directly linked to Iran, multiple threat streams directly linked to Iran", said one official.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said Berlin "still regards this nuclear agreement as the basis for Iran not having any nuclear weapons in the future, and we regard this as existential for our security". Quoted in the New York Times, the same official also said that any threat from Iran was insignificant.

According to a BBC Arabic report, Pompeo handed over a memory stick to Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi containing evidence of Iran's plans to attack United States interests in Iraq through its proxies in the country.

Ruled by Shiite clerics, Iran has a strong influence in Iraq, especially in the country's Shiite-majority south.

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"Normal visa services at both posts will be temporarily suspended", the department said.

National Security Advisor John Bolton warned that Washington would respond with "unrelenting force" to any attack by Tehran, including by its regional allies.

No specific details on the threat have been released, but claims of a rising threat of asymmetric warfare against soft targets are reported.

Maj Gen Christopher Ghika, a deputy commander of Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR), had told a Pentagon briefing that there was "no increased threat from Iranian-backed forces in Iraq and Syria".

The Pentagon has also made plans to move 120,000 troops to the region if Iran attacks USA forces or advances their nuclear weapons program, according to a report in The New York Times on Monday.

Both Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Pompeo have this week played down fears that their countries were headed for conflict.

Last week, Iran notified non-U.S. signatories of the nuclear deal-China, France, Germany, Russia, and the UK-of its decision to halt some commitments under the nuclear deal. It comes amid a United States military build-up to counter Iran. They have also told reporters that further military action is on the table.

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