Feinstein, Iranian foreign minister had dinner amid tensions: report

Feinstein, Iranian foreign minister had dinner amid tensions: report
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Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinEncryption helps America work safely — and that goes for Congress, too Democratic lawmakers demand government stop deporting unaccompanied children DOJ probing stock transactions made by lawmakers ahead of coronavirus crisis: report MORE (D-Calif.) had dinner with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif amid escalating U.S.-Iranian tensions, Politico's Playbook reported early Thursday.

The California lawmaker's office told the news outlet the dinner was "arranged in consultation with the State Department."

"The office was in touch with State in advance of the meeting to let them know it was happening and to get an update on U.S.-Iran activity," Feinstein's office added.

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Feinstein's office did not immediately respond to a request for more information about the meeting from The Hill, which also contacted the White House for comment.

The reported dinner comes amid rising tensions between the U.S. and Iran.

The Trump administration earlier this month deployed bombers and an aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf in response to unspecified threats from Iran.

Earlier this year, the U.S. named Iran’s Revolutionary Guard a terrorist organization. Tehran responded by designating all U.S. forces in the Middle East as terrorists.

On Tuesday, Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoOrganizing evacuations during a shutdown The Saudi-Russia oil fight is the last thing the economy needs in a pandemic US intel agencies conclude China has under-reported coronavirus cases, deaths: report MORE and acting Defense Secretary Patrick ShanahanPatrick Michael ShanahanBoeing pleads for bailout under weight of coronavirus, 737 fallout Esper's chief of staff to depart at end of January Defense chief calls on European allies to be wary of China's investments, blasts Russia MORE briefed lawmakers on intelligence detailing recent actions by Iran, as President TrumpDonald John TrumpMilitary personnel to handle coronavirus patients at facilities in NYC, New Orleans and Dallas Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort has total of 20 patients: report Fauci says that all states should have stay-at-home orders MORE and Republicans warn of a growing threat from Tehran.

Trump withdrew from the Obama-era nuclear deal with Iran one year ago and reimposed sanctions on Tehran.