Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinOvernight Energy & Environment — Starting from 'scratch' on climate, spending bill Senate panel advances bill blocking tech giants from favoring own products Eight senators ask Biden to reverse course on Trump-era solar tariffs 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.
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 PompeoMike PompeoSunday shows preview: US reaffirms support for Ukraine amid threat of Russian invasion Pence to deliver keynote at fundraising banquet for South Carolina-based pregnancy center Russia suggests military deployments to Cuba, Venezuela an option MORE and acting Defense Secretary Patrick ShanahanPatrick Michael ShanahanProtection of critical military benefit shows bipartisanship can work Senators introducing bill to penalize Pentagon for failed audits Overnight Defense: National Guard boosts DC presence ahead of inauguration | Lawmakers demand probes into troops' role in Capitol riot | Financial disclosures released for Biden Pentagon nominee MORE briefed lawmakers on intelligence detailing recent actions by Iran, as President TrumpDonald TrumpFormer New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver dead at 77 Biden, Democrats losing ground with independent and suburban voters: poll Bipartisan Senate group discusses changes to election law 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.