Sunday, 25 August, 2019

What Are Iran's Options In The Standoff With The U.S.?

Trump says 'did not send that message' to Tehran warning of attack Donald Trump 'willing' to meet with Iran but offer comes with warning
Patty Aguilar | 25 June, 2019, 00:03

Iran's navy chief warned earlier that other drones would be downed if USA intrusions into Iranian airspace continue.

The deal had seen relevant sanctions were lifted, but the USA pulled out past year and reinstated sanctions.

Trump said "a lot of restraint has been shown by the U.S." when it comes to Iran in the face of recent events.

Trump said the United States does not seek conflict with Iran but will continue to increase pressure on its Middle East adversary to prevent it from developing nuclear weapons and supporting armed groups.

Iran has said it will not give the European powers more time beyond July 8 to save the nuclear deal.

Iranian officials then announced the country was set to breach the limit on its stockpile of enriched uranium that was set under the 2015 deal on 27 June. It came as the White House and Pentagon were also considering military strikes, but Trump revealed last Friday that he called them off after learning up to 150 Iranians could be killed. Tehran has sought support from the remaining signatories to the 2015 agreement to provide the economic relief it wants, especially with its key oil exports as the US has tightened sanctions in an attempt to cut off Iranian oil shipments.

Trump signed an executive order he said would curb access that Khamenei and the country have to world financial markets.

British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, who is also campaigning to lead the Conservative Party and become the new prime minister, told the Daily Mail newspaper over the weekend that "we will stand by the United States as our strongest ally, but of course we have to consider any requests for military support on a case-by-case basis".

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"We've literally locked up tens and tens of billions of dollars". The new sanctions "will be a further effort to ensure that their capacity not only to grow their economy but to evade sanctions becomes more and more hard", Pompeo said.

While Iran vehemently denies involvement in the attacks on the two oil tankers, the U.S.is blaming the Islamic Republic of being behind the attacks.

Escalating tensions with Iran remind us of a concept known as the butterfly effect. The U.S. said the drone was flying over global waters. He's respected within his country. "His office oversees the regime's most brutal instruments".

The US denies the drone, valued at more than $100 million, violated Iranian airspace.

"These commanders sit atop a bureaucracy that supervises the IRGC's malicious regional activities, including its provocative ballistic missile program, harassment and sabotage of commercial vessels in global waters, and its destabilizing presence in Syria", the department said in a statement.

The United States has also blamed Iran for attacks earlier this month on two oil tankers at the entrance of the Gulf of Oman.

The three European countries have sent envoys to Tehran recently, signalling they remain committed to diplomacy and dialogue.

Zarif also said that Iran is going to attend the UN Security Council's meeting (to present Iran's case) and will continue its exchange of views with other countries to "shed light on the continuation and the addiction of the United States to break worldwide rules and regulations".

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