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14 January 2019, 06:42 | Devin Moran
Pentagon officials ‘rattled’ by Trump White House request for military options to attack Iran: report
"The request, which hasn't been previously reported, generated concern at the Pentagon and State Department, current and former USA officials say".
Although the Pentagon obeyed the request by the council, the Journal reported, it is unknown whether or not the plans for striking Iran were ever fully developed or even provided to the White House.
"It definitely rattled people", recalled a former senior US administration official.
The US blamed Tehran despite the Iranian administration denying the attack, which saw three mortar shells land in Baghdad's diplomatic quarter and close to the US Embassy last September. Two days later however, amid ongoing protests in the southern city of Basra, unknown militants fired several rockets towards the USA consulate building.
The newspaper cited an employee of the Trump Administration - but pointed out that it was "unclear" if the President was aware of the retaliatory plans to strike the middle eastern country.
A spokesman for the National Security Council told the paper that the council "coordinates policy and provides the president with options to anticipate and respond to a variety of threats".
In September, Bolton, who worked hard on the withdrawal from the treaty, warned Tehran that there would be "hell to pay" if Iran threatened the U.S. or its allies.
The Pentagon complied with the National Security Council's request to develop options for striking Iran, the officials said.
The State Department did not comment on the report.
The Pentagon is said to have followed through on the order from the White House.
After the attack in Baghdad, the White House warned that "the United States will hold the regime in Tehran accountable for any attack that results in injury to our personnel or damage to United States government facilities". National security advisor John Bolton, a known Iran hawk, has pressed for regime change in the Islamic republic. The range and accuracy of Iran's missiles are constantly improving - largely because the world refuses to take a stand against their illegal development of ICBMs.
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