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

US to impose major sanctions against Iran on Monday

US to impose major sanctions against Iran on Monday

But worries about a confrontation between Iran and the United States have mounted despite Mr Trump saying he has no appetite for war. He said that military action was still a possibility despite U-turning on military action because it could have killed what he said were estimates of 150 people at several Iranian sites. "I didn't think it was - I didn't think it was proportionate".

U.S. Central Command, part of the Department of Defense, also released a video claiming to show smoke from the drone shot down by Iran. It was also President Trump confronting Iran on Thursday.

Pompeo slammed on Saturday a hand-drawn sketch tweeted by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif showing the coordinates and flight path of the USA spy drone as "not credible", while ignoring a newly-released map with the detailed flight route of the downed surveillance drone.

International Atomic Energy Agency monitors said last month that Iran has met its obligations.

The aborted 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 USA has blamed on Iran.

"Regardless of any decision they (US officials) make. we will not allow any of Iran's borders to be violated".

"The fact is we're not going to have Iran have a nuclear weapon", he said as he left the White House for a weekend at the Camp David presidential retreat.

The downing by elite Iranian Revolutionary Guard forces marked the first time the Islamic Republic directly attacked an American military action amid mounting tensions over Tehran's unravelling nuclear deal with world powers.

The war of words heated up after Trump had pulled back from military action against Iran in response to its downing of a U.S. reconnaissance drone.

The differences of the Democrats with Trump on his Iran policy are of an entirely tactical character, with Obama having paved the way with his own punishing sanctions and war threats.

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Mr Trump said the USA was within 10 minutes of conducting strikes against Iran on Thursday (local time) when he cancelled the operation.

"President Obama made a desperate and awful deal with Iran - Gave them 150 Billion Dollars plus I.8 Billion Dollars in CASH!"

Speaking in Washington before heading to the U.S. presidential retreat at Camp David, Trump indicated the government was taking a diplomatic path to put pressure on Tehran by moving to impose new sanctions.

"The Europeans will not be given more time beyond July 8 to save the deal", Mr Mousavi said, referring to Iran's deadline of 60 days that Tehran announced in May. He said Iran would never be a wealthy nation again as long as its leadership remained intent on having nuclear weapons. "10 minutes before the strike I stopped it, not.", Trump tweeted.

Trump previous year withdrew the United States from an worldwide accord created to curb Iran s nuclear ambitions in exchange for sanctions relief.

"They're not going to have a nuclear weapon". The U.S. military said operations at the base were going on as usual and there were no plans to evacuate personnel.

The stepped-up Iraqi security measures at Balad air base, just north of the capital of Baghdad, come amid the sharply rising tensions in the Middle East between the USA and Iran. And Iranian cyber forces have tried to carry out hacks against the U.S. Navy for the last few years.

The comment comes in the wake of heightened tensions in the region that put Washington and Tehran on the brink of a war.

The US Federal Aviation Administration has barred American civilian aircraft from the area "until further notice", and major non-US airlines including British Airways, KLM, Lufthansa, Qantas, Emirates and Etihad said they too were altering flight paths to avoid the sensitive Strait of Hormuz.

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