Many Iranians – desperate for relief from financial dire straits partly due to US sanctions – are reacting with opposition rather than antagonism as the countries hurtle in the confrontation.
Many people here believe that the enemies of Iran – and its allies in the Gulf, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia – have long been on a departure policy. Although United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the US does not want the war, some believe that the US diplomatic and economic administration campaign against the country is taking things in a fever.
A year ago, President Donald Trump left the landmark nuclear deal and imposed Iran on some of the country's most severe sanctions.
Foreign firms out in the country with droves, the Iranian riyal nose-dived and prices have risen.
"I was not afraid of the war because I saw the war," said Majid Haqiqi, 57, courier courier, referring to the eight-year country conflict with fellow Iraqis in 1
Haqiqi instead implies a solution that many in Tehran consider controversial. "The only way in this situation is the conversation. What's wrong with having the US here?" says Haqiqi. "(US) can start businesses in Iran and use our workforce. If they take a step towards us, we can also take a step."
Last week, Trump made several overtures in Tehran, asking the government to call him. He was still in contact with Switzerland last week to leave a telephone number for Tehran to reach him, according to a diplomatic source.
The move seems to have not been synced with the hawkish stance of National Security Advisor John Bolton, who talked tough, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo trying to rally diplomatic support for the campaign of the US against the Iranian regime.
The dialogue between the two countries is anathema in Iran's hardliners, including Khamenei. "Negotiations are just as poisonous as the US remains in the same way and the current United States government is too poisonous," Ayatollah said in a speech on Tuesday.
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Many Iranians are concerned about everyday issues, however. "I do not think of war when I need to think of basic needs," says Janati, a 70-year retired army official. "The ordinary people in Iran do not think of the enemy or the Zionists. They just need a better life."
"We have nothing to lose," said 37-year-old Alireza Sahraiee. Sahraiee said he was a global businessman last year and a luxury owner. One year after the start of Trump's penalties, he was a cashier at a store.
"I believe we should change our rules of outdoor activities," added Sahraiee. "We must extend our foreign investment."
Saba, a 19-year-old high school student, refused to reveal her full name, said, in the case of war, "I will not leave Iran but to a remote area with my family and just return when peace is back. "
Iranian politicians in the hardline remained hard, continuing to rail against Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and his reformist camp for the preparation of the 2015 nuclear agreement . "We told you so," is the existing message on the conservatives of Tehran.
They also believe that the US and its allies have been very lost from a potential conflict. "We have many abilities," said Hossein Kanani Moghadam, a former Commander of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.
"Transmission oil lines are very poor in the Persian Gulf area … so we no longer have to use advanced weapons."
Iran can cut down vital waterways for some of the world's largest oil supplies, such as The Strait of Hormuz, if direct confrontation occurs, the former commander said.
"I believe Trump is a poker player, playing open cards But our Supreme Leader is a chess player playing under the table," Moghadam said. "It seems to be the battle of the two will, and it seems Trump's will is more than fear on the other side while we're not afraid of Trump."
But despite rhetoric and muscle distortion, Iran has a lot of bets. "I think at this stage Iran really does not like direct confrontation, nor the US or any other country in the region," said Aniseh Bassiri Tabrizi, senior research fellow at RUSI. "There was a reply but not an provocation so far from Iran and there was a promise to clarify that, if necessary, Iran responded to all its tools at its disposal."
These belongings consist of armed groups supported by Iran throughout the region.
In Yemen, the Houthi rebels supported by Iran are near the Bab el-Mandeb strait of the Red Sea, an important route for
In Iraq, the popular Popular Mobilization Units, an umbrella group of military designated in Iran, is likely to order attacks on US positions in the country.
In Lebanon, the arrival of Hezbollah's current fighter today covers two parts of Israel's border, the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights in Syria, in addition to the border with Lebanon in Israel.
"We have seen previously that Iran's hope of its proxies is probably the main tool for its disposal to prevent a direct attack or prevent direct confrontation," Tabrizi said. "We likely see this as the main possibility and the main risk of confrontation – direct confrontation – between the US and Iran."