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Iran says US sanctions imposed on Khamenei mean end of diplomacy

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Patty Aguilar | 25 June, 2019, 14:57

"Most recently, it targeted a USA unmanned aircraft and executed attacks on worldwide shipping".

Trump called the punitive measures "a strong and proportionate response to Iran's increasingly provocative actions".

"Overall, I think just a purely economic and financial situation will be catastrophic for Japan, India, Europe, and many other countries if this situation is taken to its full-blown conclusion as the hawks in Washington wanted it to be", he said.

"All of these countries should be protecting their own ships on what has always been a risky journey".

Mohammad Javad Zarif also said Trump and those around him pushing a hard line on Iran "despise diplomacy", in his first post on Twitter after he himself was targeted in a new batch of U.S. sanctions.

A video released by US Central Command on 13 June reportedly showed an Iranian navy patrol boat removing an unexploded mine from the hull on one of the ships attacked in the Gulf of Oman. Iran has been blamed for the attacks. It sits atop a vast network of tyranny and corruption that deprives the Iranian people of the freedom and opportunity they deserve, he said. "The president has also instructed me that we will be designating Zarif later this week".

Speaking as he left Washington for the Arabian Gulf, Mr Pompeo said he would talk with representatives in Jeddah and Abu Dhabi about how to "make sure that we are all strategically aligned". But he has also said he is open to negotiations with Iran's leaders.

Eight republican guards officers were also blacklisted, with US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin saying the US would also designate Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif this week.

His trip was arranged hastily late last week in addition to a visit to India.

Pompeo met with Saudi Arabia's King Salman and had lunch with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman before proceeding to the United Arab Emirates for talks with Abu Dhabi's crown prince.

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In May 2018, the White House reinstated all sanctions removed under a 2015 nuclear deal made with world powers which sought to prevent Iran creating its own nuclear weapon.

According to worldwide inspectors and the administration itself, the agreement was working, although it did not curb Iran's regionally destabilizing behavior in Syria, Lebanon, and Yemen.

USA president Donald Trump targeted Khamenei and other top Iranian officials with sanctions on Monday, taking an unprecedented step to increase pressure on Iran after Tehran's downing of an unmanned American drone.

"Today's actions follow a series of aggressive behaviors by the Iranian regime in recent weeks, including shooting down of USA drones", Trump told reporters from the Oval Office on Monday.

These new sanctions will be countered by Russian Federation and its partners, deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov told state news agencies.

He told RT that the United States understands that surging oil prices "will have a dramatic impact on the global economy".

Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi tweeted a warning to President Donald Trump on Tuesday in light of heightening tensions between Iran and the U.S. It has also accused European countries of failing to live up to their promises of protecting Iran's economy from U.S. sanctions. "We would love to be able to negotiate a new deal if they want to".

The New York Times, citing sources familiar with the operation, reported that the cyberattack focused on the group that planned the oil tanker attacks while also going after the Iranian missile systems. "In response, Iran's silence has been deafening".

On Sunday, Mr Zarif tweeted a picture purportedly showing the movements of a United States drone flight in late May.

"As long as the strategy is there, there is no way that Iran and USA can start a dialogue", Ravanchi said on Monday.

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