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 FeinsteinTrump administration urges Congress to reauthorize NSA surveillance program The Hill's Morning Report - More talk on guns; many questions on Epstein's death Juan Williams: We need a backlash against Big Tech 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 PompeoChina threatens to sanction US firms over sales of F-16s to Taiwan Trump moves forward with billion F-16 sale to Taiwan Trump says he'll decide on foreign aid cuts within a week MORE and acting Defense Secretary Patrick ShanahanPatrick Michael ShanahanWhy Dave Norquist is the perfect choice for DOD's deputy secretary Five questions for Trump's new defense secretary on first major tour Trump says media is part of vetting his nominees: 'We save a lot of money that way' MORE briefed lawmakers on intelligence detailing recent actions by Iran, as President TrumpDonald John Trump Former US ambassador: 'Denmark is not a big fan of Donald Trump and his politics' Senate Democrats push for arms control language in defense policy bill Detroit county sheriff endorses Booker for president 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.