Published: Mon, June 24, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Iran accuses America of 'fuelling tensions' after United States warns attack is possible

Iran accuses America of 'fuelling tensions' after United States warns attack is possible

Asked what he thinks Iran wants, he said, "I think they want to negotiate".

The Stuxnet virus, discovered in 2010, is believed to have been engineered by Israel and the USA to damage nuclear facilities in Iran.

According to U.S. media outlet sources, the attack had been plotted for several weeks, and was proposed as a retort to the mine attacks on tankers in the Gulf of Oman.

Tensions between Iran and the United states reached a unsafe peak last week as Iran downed a US drone over the Persian Gulf June 20, claiming that the unmanned aircraft had violated its air space, while the United States insists the UAV was flying in global airspace.

Trump is prepared to announce new sanctions on the country on Monday.

His trip was arranged hastily late last week in addition to a visit to India.

President Trump on Thursday called back a planned strike on Iran after the Islamic Republic downed an American drone near the Strait of Hormuz.

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He made the allegation in a tweet that included a map purporting to show the drone had violated Iranian airspace.

USA ally Israel, which Islamic Iran refuses to recognise and has itself long threatened strikes against Iran's nuclear facilities, signalled backing for the Trump administration's stance.

Iran has denied attacking tankers or supplying the Houthis.

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The United States (US) has reportedly launched a cyber-attack on weapons systems in Iran.

Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said the country would welcome a defusion of tensions in the region.

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On Saturday, Trump reversed himself and claimed that Iran had acted "knowingly".

Mr Hunt, who is battling to become the next prime minister, said he was speaking to counterparts "regularly" about the Iran crisis which he called "extremely serious".

USA president Donald Trump last week called off military strikes against Iran after the Iranians shot down a U.S. surveillance drone, valued at over 100 million dollars (£78 million), on Thursday.

Pompeo said that Iran's map 'should leave no doubt in anyone's mind about where that unarmed vehicle was - it was flying in worldwide airspace'.

"No one has granted them a hunting license in the Middle East".

The downing of the unmanned aircraft marked a new high in the rising tensions between the United States and Iran.

The tensions between Iran and the U.S. were exacerbated in recent weeks after Washington accused Tehran of being behind a series of attacks on tankers in the strategic Gulf.

"After the deal, but before recent events, Iran has been on a campaign of aggression", he said. Under the agreement, Iran was allowed to resume exporting oil, the major part of the nation's economy.

Hassan Rouhani blamed the "interventionalist military presence" of the USA for the Middle East's problems, according to the official IRNA news agency on Sunday. He was quoted by the official IRNA news agency.

Saudi Arabia has raised the number of people wounded in a Yemeni rebel attack on an airport in the kingdom to 21.

'Neither Iran nor any other hostile actor should mistake US prudence and discretion for weakness, ' Bolton said during a joint press conference with Netanyahu in Jerusalem, Israel on Sunday.

Iran has denied seeking a nuclear weapon, and says its programme is for civilian purposes.

"We welcome defusion of tensions in the region".

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