Thursday, 19 September, 2019

Trump Says New Iran Sanctions Begin Monday

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Patty Aguilar | 23 June, 2019, 10:10

Iran's foreign minister Javad Zarif tweeted that the US drone took off from the United Arab Emirates in stealth mode.

Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) announced on Thursday that its air defense force had shot down an intruding American spy drone in the country's southern coastal province of Hormozgan.

Iran claimed the US drone on Thursday was over Iranian airspace when it was shot down - but American officials stated unequivocally the incident occurred in global airspace.

The US withdrew from the nuclear deal on May 8 this year, but despite this Iran has remained committed to the deal and to the other agreements within it, according to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which inspects Iran's nuclear sites and issues quarterly reports on its compliance.

"Regardless of any decision they [U.S. officials] make ... we will not allow any of Iran's borders to be violated".

But apparently made a decision to pull back from launching them on Thursday night after a day of escalating tensions. "150 people, sir, was the answer from a General", the president tweeted, saying he concluded it would not have been "proportionate to shooting down an unmanned drone".

Following his comments, Iran said it had executed a man convicted of spying for the US.

"But they would have been pretty soon".

The US president subsequently said he did not want war with Iran, but if it came to pass, there would be "obliteration like you've never seen before", according to excerpts of an NBC interview conducted on Friday morning.

"On Monday they (Iran) shot down an unmanned drone flying in worldwide waters", Trump tweeted.

Asked about coordination with the UAE on a response to the Iranian attacks, Mr Hook said it includes intelligence sharing and action at the United Nations.

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Tensions have spiked in the Gulf region in recent weeks following a string of assaults on commercial vessels there.

In an unmistakable indication that the U.S. military is preparing for an "unthinkable" conflict involving the USA and its "great power" rivals, the Pentagon's Joint Chiefs of Staff last week released a new doctrine on Nuclear Operations for the first time in 14 years, touting the use of nuclear weapons as a means of creating "conditions for decisive results and the restoration of strategic stability" and ending conflicts "on the best achievable terms for the United States, its allies, and partners".

"I don't want to kill 150 of anything or anybody unless it's absolutely necessary", he told reporters as he left the White House for the Camp David presidential retreat.

The US hasn't had a full defense secretary since the resignation of James Mattis in December a year ago.

Mr Trump has at times pulled back from the use of force, convinced that America has wasted too many lives and too much money in pointless Middle East wars and wary of repeating what he considers the mistakes of his predecessors.

He said Iran warned the drone several times before downing it with a missile. As for the pseudo-left organizations that trace their origins to the Vietnam-era anti-war protests, all of them have made their accommodations with United States imperialism, promoting USA aggression in the name of "human rights".

The attack by the US military had initially been planned for Thursday evening - Friday morning in Tehran - as a response to Iran shooting down an unmanned USA drone.

Iran's state news agency IRIB News and IRNA, the Islamic Republic News Agency, have released video and images that claim to show debris of the drone, an RQ-4 Global Hawk.

The US Federal Aviation Administration on Thursday prohibited US operators from flying in Tehran-controlled airspace over the Strait of Hormuz and Gulf of Oman.

He said the sanctions were needed to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons and economic pressure would be maintained unless Tehran changed course. This new campaign appears to have started shortly after the Trump administration imposed sanctions on the Iranian petrochemical sector this month.

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