Published: Sat, June 22, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Foreign Office minister to visit Iran to call for 'urgent de-escalation'

Foreign Office minister to visit Iran to call for 'urgent de-escalation'

Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) said the drone's downing was a "clear message" to the United States that Iran's borders were "our red line". They're going to be so happy, and I'm going to be their best friend.

On Thursday he called off airstrikes with 10 minutes to spare, after Iran shot down a USA drone. I didn't like that'.

Iran has responded by scaling back its commitments under the nuclear deal.

Speaking about his decision to NBC on Friday evening, Trump said the United States was open to renewed talks with Iran but the possibility of them developing nuclear weapons was out of the question.

The downing of the USA drone over the Strait of Hormuz led to accusations from the United States and Iran about who was the aggressor.

Katie Wheelbarger, a senior Pentagon policy adviser on worldwide security, said Friday the administration wants to keep the allies informed, including on the intelligence information that prompted the U.S.to send an aircraft carrier and other military assets to the Gulf region in early May in response to what it called heightened Iranian threats.

Earlier reports said that USA planes and ships had already been mobilized for the strikes. 150 people, sir, was the answer from a General.

"I didn't like the idea of them knowingly shooting down an unmanned drone and then we kill 150 people", Trump elaborated Saturday.

He told NBC News that he never gave a final order - planes were not yet in the air but would have been "pretty soon". "Iran made a very big mistake!" he tweeted, later adding at the White House: "This country will not stand for it, that I can tell you".

The purported wreckage of the American drone is seen displayed by the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) in Tehran, Iran June 21, 2019.

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President Donald Trump said on Friday he is not looking for war with Iran, but he warned that if a conflict did occur it would result in "obliteration".

'I really watched him agonize over this.

Elsewhere, armed forces general staff spokesman Brigadier General Abolfazl Shekarchi told Tasnim: "Firing one bullet towards Iran will set fire to the interests of America and its allies".

Trump's abrupt decision to cancel what he said was a planned attack on three sites suggests he wants a diplomatic solution to end weeks of festering tensions with Iran, which Washington accuses of a spate of attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf region.

"Let's make Iran great again", he added, echoing his campaign slogan from the 2016 presidential election.

The reinstatement of U.S. sanctions previous year - particularly those imposed on the energy, shipping and financial sectors - caused foreign investment to dry up and hit oil exports. We have got additional sanctions for sure, ' a senior administration official said, according to CNN.

"If this economy suffers further, I think we're likely to see political unrest".

This official cautioned, however, that the President has not taken military action entirely off the table.

"The president's actions show one that he is being very measured", said The Heritage Foundation Senior Research Fellow for Defense Programs Thomas Callender to Yahoo Finance's On the Move.

Tehran insists that the drone violated its airspace - something Washington denies - but was prepared to accept on Friday that it might have done so by accident.

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