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 FeinsteinRoberts under pressure from both sides in witness fight Senate opens Trump impeachment trial Democrats ask if US citizens were detained at border checkpoints due to Iranian national origin 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 PompeoTrump downplays seriousness of injuries in Iran attack after US soldiers treated for concussions The Hill's Morning Report - Trump trial begins with clashes, concessions GOP rejects effort to compel documents on delayed Ukraine aid MORE and acting Defense Secretary Patrick ShanahanPatrick Michael ShanahanEsper'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 Pentagon chief approves 20 more miles of border wall MORE briefed lawmakers on intelligence detailing recent actions by Iran, as President TrumpDonald John TrumpRouhani says Iran will never seek nuclear weapons Trump downplays seriousness of injuries in Iran attack after US soldiers treated for concussions Trump says Bloomberg is 'wasting his money' on 2020 campaign 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.