President Donald Trump considered launching a missile strike in Iran last week before senior advisors warned him it could trigger a war, it has been claimed in reports.
The current president of the United States was talked out of launching a strike against the country’s main nuclear facility and was warned against it, according to new reports.
In a meeting at the Oval Office last Thursday, the president was dissuaded from moving forward with the strike after reports Iran had a significant increase in its stockpile of nuclear material.
Among those who advised against it included Vice President Mike Pence; Secretary of State Mike Pompeo; Christopher C. Miller, the acting defence secretary; and Gen. Mark A. Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
They warned the move could be detrimental and cause an escalation of a broader conflict, according to sources reported by the New York Times.
Along with this, a separate source also confirmed to Reuters that “Trump asked for options. They gave him the scenarios and he ultimately decided not to go forward”.
This comes as UN watchdog the International Atomic Energy Agency announced in a confidential document last week that Iran’s uranium stockpile is 12 times more than what was agreed under the deal with Trump in 2018, which he later pulled out of.
The country announced its latest naval ballistic missile which has doubled its missile range.
The weapon comes as Iran has been accused of influencing the Middle East and exporting terrorism after building military bases across the region.
A video has been released of the new Zolfaqar-e-Basir rocket third generation missile, which may be a threat in the Persian Gulf as the area measures 210 miles wide – meaning the rocket will be able to hit targets from anywhere.
It was reported by an anonymous US government source: “Iran is clearly doing everything it can to keep in existence a virtual turnkey capability to get back into the weaponisation business at a moment’s notice should it choose to do so.”