Iran's foreign minister has praised his country's relations with China during talks with his Chinese counterpart in Beijing amid heightened tensions and efforts by Tehran to keep its world markets open following the US' withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal. It accuses Iran of threats to US troops and interests. "In fact, America's story is like the World Trade Center towers that collapse with a sudden blow", Salami, known for his fiery rhetoric, was quoted as saying.
"I'm not quite so sure that with this White House, that there might not be a fairly substantial response to something that the Iranians might think is just a proxy activity that stays below what they think the threshold is, after which we would respond".
Concerns about a possible conflict have flared since the White House ordered warships and bombers to the region to counter an alleged, unexplained threat from Iran that has seen the USA order nonessential diplomatic staff out of Iraq.
A United States official said Thursday that Iranian missiles loaded on small boats in the Persian Gulf were among the "threats" that have triggered a beefed-up military deployment in the region.
Tensions between Washington and Tehran have been on the rise after Iran suspended its commitments under the global nuclear deal to resume production of enriched uranium. He was referring to the September 11, 2001 attacks.
American commercial airlines have been advised to avoid flying over the Arabian Gulf, as tensions continue to mount between the USA and Iran.
Last year, prior to bringing Bolton into the administration as one of his top advisers, Trump withdrew the USA from the Iran nuclear deal.
In a sign of the heightened tension across the region, Exxon Mobil evacuated foreign staff from an oilfield in neighbouring Iraq after days of sabre rattling between Washington and Tehran.
USA investigators have accused Iran or the groups it supports of using explosives to damage four tankers off the United Arab Emirates (UAE) earlier this month.
In a warning issued on Thursday, the Federal Aviation Authority said that U.S. commercial aircraft could be "misidentified" if they choose to fly over the region.
The Iranian ambassador to the United Nations, Majid Takht-Ravanchi, did not deny the shipment of the missiles in an interview with National Public Radio.
The U.S. has two naval facilities in Bahrain and close cooperation with the kingdom.
"If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran", he said in a tweet on Sunday.
Iranian crude oil exports have fallen in May to 500,000 barrels per day or lower, according to tanker data and industry sources, after the United States tightened the screws on Iran's main source of income.