Trump told reporters on Thursday that he hoped the United States was not heading to war with Iran as he met with Switzerland President Ueli Maurer, whose nation has served as a liaison conduit between the two countries since they do not have diplomatic relations.
The withdrawal of the frigate came about because "the US government has taken a decision outside of the framework of what had been agreed with the Spanish Navy", acting Spanish Defense Minister Margarita Robles told reporters in Belgium, according to Reuters.
Trump's national security adviser John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo believe the photographs and other intelligence could indicate that Iran is preparing to attack USA forces, the Times noted.
National Security Adviser John Bolton has been cited as the primary driver behind the rising chances of a conflict with Iran, a country where he has long advocated regime change.
The tour also focuses on regional and worldwide issues, including the nuclear deal and the US' sanctions against Iran.
Banner headlines in The New York Times on Monday declared that the administration is thinking about sending as many as 120,000 troops to the Gulf region, about the same number we sent the last time we invaded Iraq. The accord provided Tehran with relief from sanctions in return for curbs on its nuclear program.
Also on Friday, Britain's Foreign Office advised against all travel to Iran by British-Iranian dual nationals.
US officials told ABC News there were "clear indications" Iran through the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) or forces it backs, was preparing for a possible attack against USA forces.
President Donald Trump is irritated at the impression that some of his national security advisers are steering him closer to an armed conflict with Iran, CNN is reporting. The Trump administration then re-implemented sanctions on Iran.
As military officials struggled to show that the threat from Iran was growing, intelligence officials declassified a photograph of one of the small boats, called dhows, carrying what was described as a functional Iranian missile.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, a supporter of the administration's tough stance on Iran, said, "I would urge the State Department and DoD to come down here and explain to us what's going on, because I have no idea what the threat stream is beyond what I read in the paper".
Zarif was quoted by Iran's official IRNA news agency as chastising the worldwide community, saying in Beijing that it has "mainly made statements, instead of saving the deal". Even the movement of the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln-which was on a scheduled deployment-appears to have been previously planned. "But they might support retaliation if a nervous Iranian sailor points a weapon at nearby American naval forces".
Senior lawmaker Heshmatollah Falahatpisheh called on Twitter for an Iran-U.S.
Earlier this week, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei said Tehran would not negotiate another nuclear deal with Washington.
Iran has said it is committed to its obligations under an global nuclear deal despite the USA withdrawal from the agreement a year ago, and has called the re-imposition of U.S sanctions unacceptable.