Published: Sun, June 23, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

U.S. struck Iranian military computers this week

U.S. struck Iranian military computers this week

"However, we told the Omani official that any attack against Iran will have regional and global consequences", the official added.

In this June 18, 2019 photo, President Donald Trump speaks during his re-election kickoff rally at the Amway Center in Orlando, Fla.

But in recent days, Democrats have expressed concern Trump has not adequately consulted with the U.S. Congress on a military response they say could have grave consequences.

The United States has also blamed Iran-backed groups for a string of mortar and rocket attacks on USA assets in Iraq. While multiple reports early Friday said the strikes would have targeted Iranian missile installation, US officials have declined to comment on the situation.

Tension has been rising in the Middle East - the source of more than 20 percent of the world's oil output - since June 13 attacks on two tankers near the Strait of Hormuz, a crucial passageway for oil supplies in the Gulf. Prices are up more than 6 percent for the week as the Trump administration and Iranian regime trade accusations about their military activity in the Persian Gulf.

The aborted USA military action was to have been in response to Iran's downing of a U.S. reconnaissance drone, which has seen tensions between the two countries soar after a series of attacks on oil tankers the United States has blamed on Iran.

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They also said Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was against talks but that they would convey the USA message to him. Tehran has also said it is not seeking a war but has warned of a "crushing" response if attacked.

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According to Iran's semi-official Tasnim News Agency, the drone was shot down by Khordad-3 medium range air defense missile.

"Iran needs to meet diplomacy with diplomacy, not military force", Mr Hook told reporters in Saudi Arabia.

Tensions in the region began to worsen significantly when Trump pulled out of a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and six powers and reimposed sanctions on the country. In recent weeks, hackers believed to be working for the Iranian government have targeted US government agencies, as well as sectors of the economy, including oil and gas, sending waves of spear-phishing emails, according to representatives of cybersecurity companies CrowdStrike and FireEye, which regularly track such activity.

Iran has long targeted the USA oil and gas sectors and other critical infrastructure, but those efforts dropped significantly after the nuclear agreement was signed.

In addition, he alleges that the USA military was warned twice of an impending strike against the aircraft if they did not change course.

President Donald Trump has said that the act of taking out of the USA drone was a "terrible mistake" by Iran.

Hamid Baeidinejad said that Iran would not accept the United States' demands to rewrite the nuclear deal and it does not believe an offer by Mr Trump for direct talks is "sincere".

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