The US national Security Council, headed by presidential adviser John Bolton, asked the Pentagon to develop several options for striking Iran. According to The Wall Street Journal with reference to the interlocutors in the US administration.
“This shocked people. All were stunned by how shamelessly they intended to attack Iran, ” the publication quotes the words of one of the interlocutors. WSJ sources confirmed that the Pentagon has fulfilled the request of the NSC. At the same time, it is still unknown whether the White House has already received military developments.
According to the WSJ, the reason for the study of military options was the September shelling of the diplomatic quarter in Baghdad. According to the US, the attack was carried out by a group associated with Iran.
Press Secretary of the NSC Garrett Marquis did not give a definite answer to the question of whether the Council led the development of a military strike on Iran. “We continue to review the status of our employees after the attempted attack on the Embassy in Baghdad and the Consulate in Basra. We are considering a full range of measures to ensure their safety and our interests,” he said.
As the WSJ notes, before John Bolton was introduced by Donald Trump to the White House, he repeatedly advocated for strikes on Iran. In 2015, as a research fellow at The American Institute of entrepreneurship, Bolton published an article in the New York Times titled “To stop the Iranian bomb, you need to bomb Iran.”
On January 9, the US Secretary of state Mike Pompeo during a press conference with Jordanian foreign Minister Ayman al-Safadi said that the United States does not intend to stop the pressure on Iran, but on the contrary, is ready to redouble efforts in this direction.