Bolton says attacks in Gulf are 'manifestations of concern' about Iran

US has 'deep and serious' intelligence on the threat posed by Iran.
Saturday 25/05/2019
U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton is surrounded by reporters at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo. (AP)
U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton is surrounded by reporters at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo. (AP)

TOKYO - US national security adviser John Bolton said on Saturday ahead of a four-day visit to Japan by US President Donald Trump to Japan, that Washington has "deep and serious" intelligence on the threat posed by Iran.

Bolton described recent attacks on tankers off the United Arab Emirates and a pipeline pumping station in Saudi Arabia, as well as a rocket attack in Baghdad's Green Zone in Iraq, as "manifestations of concern."

The United States has "deep and serious" intelligence on the threat posed by Iran, said Bolton, who declined to provide details.

Washington has said it will stop waivers for countries buying Iranian oil and has designated Iran's elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a foreign terrorist organisation.

The United State is also deploying a carrier strike group and bombers to the Middle East in response to what the Trump administration described as troubling "indications and warnings" from Iran.

US and Japanese leaders are expected to discuss rising tensions with Iran, Bolton said. Abe is considering a visit to Iran as early as mid-June, public broadcaster NHK said on Friday, the first such trip in four decades.

(Reuters)