Mr Trump has reportedly been in consultations with four-star generals and Mike Pompeo for a move that would set back Tehran’s ambitions to become a nuclear power. The outgoing regime in the White House has also reportedly contemplated military strikes against Iran’s allies in the region. However, Mr Trump has been warned by his advisers that such a move could instigate a wider conflict in the Middle East.
Mr Trump’s intentions were revealed by four US officials to the The New York Times.
The US President is said to be angry his strict sanctions against Iran had not resulted in them returning to the negotiating table.
He is said to be outlining plans to strike Iranian surrogate forces in the region.
It is thought that Mr Trump wants to achieve a military goal before January.
The news comes after Mr Trump was told by nuclear watchdogs that Tehran’s stockpile of nuclear material had increased.
Further news came on Wednesday when Iran barred UN inspectors’ access to another nuclear site.
This site showed evidence of prior nuclear activity.
The International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA, said on Wednesday the Natanz nuclear facility had a uranium stockpile that was 12 times larger than permitted by the nuclear deal.
Mr Trump pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal in 2018.
A government spokesman from Iran, Ali Rabiei, said: “Any action against the Iranian nation would certainly face a crushing response.