Trump boxed in on Iran, as Putin holds key to prevent war in Persian Gulf

The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss the rising tension between the United States and Iran, as the US has deployed an aircraft carrier group near the Iranian shores and sent B-52 bombers on patrol in the Persian Gulf. A recent “Gulf of Tonkin” like sabotage that damaged four oil tankers off the coast of the UAE has been placed at the feet of “Iran or Iran-backed proxies,” courtesy of anonymous “US officials” as quoted by the fake news mainstream media.

Despite war rhetoric ramping up to dangerous levels, US President Trump has signaled that he may be looking for a diplomatic off ramp, by announcing that he will meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin at next month’s G20 summit in Osaka, Japan.

“I’ll be meeting with him directly, President Xi. Yes, I will be meeting with President Putin also,” Trump stated in the Oval Office.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping may act as a diplomatic bridge between Trump and Iranian leaders, which could offset John Bolton and Mike Pompeo’s drive for war.