Iran was plotting attack on four US embassies before Soleimani killing

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Pompeo's comments followed criticism from lawmakers, including some Republicans, that the Trump administration did not provide sufficient information about the justification for the strike in a classified briefing with members of the Senate on Wednesday.

"It's not that applying pressure is in and of itself a problematic strategy, but applying pressure without having a path forward is what gets us into the kinds of situations we saw over the last couple of weeks", Bruen said.

The European Union has said it "will spare no effort" in its attempts to keep alive the JCPOA, which was aimed at preventing Iran from developing atomic weapons.

"Oil revenues (are) down by 80 percent and Iran can not access roughly 90 percent of its foreign policy reserves", he said.

No-one was injured. The larger U.S. goal is to force Iran to negotiate a new agreement on limiting its nuclear program. "Qasem Soleimani himself was plotting a broad, large-scale attack against American interests and those attacks were imminent".

"Iran continues to be the world's leading sponsor of terrorism", the United States leader noted.

Abdul-Mahdi's comments to Pompeo suggests he was standing by his previous statements that U.S troops should leave Iraq despite recent signals toward de-escalation between Tehran and Washington following the tit-for-tat attacks that brought Iraq to the brink of a proxy war.

The latest escalation was set off when a rocket attack blamed on the Iranian-backed militia group Kataeb Hezbollah, or Hezbollah Brigades, caused the death of an American contractor at a base in Kirkuk province.

The measure would "terminate the use of United States Armed Forces to engage in hostilities in or against Iran". Pompeo was asked at Friday's White House session.

"He was looking very seriously at our embassies and not just the embassy in Baghdad".

Assuming the allegations of a missile strike prove true, the responsibility for the tragedy rests squarely with the Iranians, Heyman added, and Canada must first focus on ensuring the families of the victims can properly grieve their losses.

Democrats, including some anti-Iran hawks from the party's old guard, have been outspoken against the administration's approach to the crisis.

Soleimani was one of the most powerful figures in the Iranian regime. "I didn't learn anything in the hearing that I hadn't seen in a newspaper already", he said of the briefing.

The House measure was introduced as a concurrent resolution, a form of legislation that does not carry the weight of law.

"We told them about the imminent threat, all of the intelligence that we've briefed that you've heard today".

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