Bolton, a Seriously Deranged Madman, Sought Options to Strike Iran

White House national Security Advisor John Bolton listens as U.S. President Donald Trump

The White House's National Security Council asked the Pentagon past year for plans for launching a military attack against Iran, the Wall Street Journal reported early Sunday, citing current and former USA officials.

The request by the National Security Council, which is led by John Bolton, sparked deep concern among Pentagon and State Department officials, the newspaper reported, citing current and former USA officials.

'It definitely rattled people, ' a former senior U.S. administration official told the Journal.

Although the Pentagon obeyed the request by the council, the Journal reported, it is unknown whether or not the plans for striking Iran were ever fully developed or even provided to the White House.

Officials said the Pentagon did develop options for striking at Iran, but it was not clear if the White House, or President Trump himself, received or knew about the request, or if a serious strategy was being considered.

The Pentagon did agree to come up with options to attack Iran.

The mortars landed in an empty lot, and no injuries were reported.

"The Department of Defense is a planning organization and provides the president military options for a variety of threats", Colonel Rob Manning, a Pentagon spokesman, told AFP. 'People were shocked. It was mind-boggling how cavalier they were about hitting Iran'.

Bolton, a hawk who previously served as ambassador to the United Nations under President George W. Bush, has been vocal about his support for a regime change in Tehran and the report of the military options against Iran highlight the more confrontational approach toward the Islamic Republic the administration has taken since he took the post at the NSC in April.

State Department Secretary Mike Pompeo did not comment on the story when asked about it by reporters and a State Department spokeswoman declined to comment.

On Sunday, Iran's foreign ministry summoned a senior Polish diplomat in protest at Poland jointly hosting a global summit with the U.S. focused on the Middle East, particularly Iran, state news agency IRNA reported.