May 25, 2019, 1:07 PM
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76 US security officials call for diplomacy with Iran

New York, May 25, IRNA – A number of American security and military officials, in an open letter to US President Donald Trump, wanted Washington to avoid any military move against Iran and suggested diplomacy be used with Tehran.

"We write to you to express our deep concern with the current escalation with Iran in the [Persian] Gulf. The mutual animosity between the United States and Iran, the accelerated deployment of an aircraft carrier strike group and B-52 bombers to the region, and reports of Iranian preparations for attacks on US military and diplomatic facilities are highly concerning and make for a potentially deadly confrontation," read the letter.



"A war with Iran, either by choice or miscalculation, would produce dramatic repercussions in an already destabilized the Middle East and drag the United States into another armed conflict at immense financial, human, and geopolitical cost."



The letter added, "As national security professionals with extensive careers in the U.S. armed forces and diplomatic service, we have witnessed first-hand how quickly disputes can spiral out of control."



Saying that lack of direct communication between American and Iranian political and military leaders during a time of heightened rhetoric only increases the possibility of a miscalculation resulting in unintended military conflict, the letter added that Washington and Tehran are talking past each other and taking actions the other views as dangerously provocative at best and the beginning of forceful action at worst.



The 76-officials also said that they have taken heart in US president's "reported desire to avoid war with Iran in favor of other tools", they added that economic sanctions against Iran may have had the beneficial effect of reducing financial support for Hezbollah in Lebanon, but the sanctions and military threats against Iran have far proved ineffective in changing the country's behavior and "have likely reaffirmed the beliefs of Tehran’s hardline elements that compromise with the United States is impossible."



"Crisis de-escalation measures should be established with the Iranian leadership at the senior levels of government as a prelude to exploratory diplomacy on matters of mutual concern."



The letter wrote that "protection of U.S. national interests in the Middle East and the safety of our friends and allies" requires "thoughtful statesmanship" rather than "unnecessary armed conflict."



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