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Iran given mixed signals from of those purporting to represent us, including Macron: Trump

French President Emmanuel Macron speaks with US President Donald Trump ahead of a meeting at the Prefecture of Caen, Normandy, north-western France, on June 6, 2019, on the sidelines of D-Day commemorations marking the 75th anniversary of the World War II Allied landings in Normandy. Photograph:( Reuters )

WION Web Team Washington Aug 09, 2019, 07.35 AM (IST)

President Trump on Thursday hit out at French President Macron for giving "mixed signals" to Iran as the US president asserted that "no one is authorised in any way, shape or form to represent to the US."

"Iran is in serious financial trouble. They want desperately to talk to the US, but are given mixed signals from all of those purporting to represent us, including President Macron of France," the US president said, adding,"No one is authorised in any way, shape, or form, to represent us!"

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As tensions continue between US and Iran, US officials have told commercial vessels that they should send transit plans in advance to American and British naval authorities if they intend to sail in Gulf waters following several incidents over tankers involving Iran.

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"Heightened military activity and increased political tensions in this region continue to pose serious threats to commercial vessels," the U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) said in an advisory on Wednesday.

"Associated with these threats is a potential for miscalculation or misidentification that could lead to aggressive actions," it added.

Ships should also alert the US Navy's Fifth Fleet and the United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations in the event of any incident or suspicious activity. It warned they could face interference to their global positioning systems (GPS).

Meanwhile, Britain's P&O Cruises said it had cancelled cruises around Dubai and the Gulf because of the increased tensions.
 

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US officials have told commercial vessels that they should send transit plans in advance to American and British naval authorities if they intend to sail in Gulf waters.