Donald Trump 'willing' to meet with Iran but offer comes with warning

Cheryl Sanders
June 25, 2019

Countries that get their crude oil via the shipping routes in the Middle East should protect their own ships along the lanes, U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday, as tensions between the United States and Iran continue to simmer.

Today's action follows a series of aggressive behaviors by the Iranian regime in recent weeks, including shooting down of USA drones, ' he said in the Oval Office.

Washington denied that and released images that US officials said showed the drone's flight path appearing to be in worldwide waters close to Iran.

He added that in the letter Iran had requested worldwide action to prevent "this kind of unsafe American behavior which has caused regional tension and threatens the borders of regional countries and their sovereignty and authority".

The US been trying to force Iran into reopening negotiations on the country's nuclear and missile programs since Trump pulled out of the landmark 2015 Iran nuclear deal a year ago.

Last Thursday, Iranian forces shot down a USA unmanned aircraft with a surface-to-air missile over the Strait of Hormuz, a stretch of water between the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman. "We confidently say that the crushing response can always be repeated, and the enemy knows it", Rear Adm. Hossein Khanzadi was quoted as saying by the semi-official Tasnim news agency. Iranian officials have not yet responded.

And this week, we watch the administration attempt to rally a global coalition to confront Iran, as the president says: "We do not seek conflict with Iran or any other country".

"Sanctions imposed through the executive order that I'm about to sign will deny the Supreme Leader and the Supreme Leader's Office, and those closely affiliated with him and the office, access to key financial resources and support".

The US has alleged Ayatollah Khamenei has vast wealth which helps funds the IRCG.

It comes as USA secretary of state Mike Pompeo visits Saudi Arabia in a bid to ease mounting tensions between Washington and Tehran.

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said that the measures "go after the supreme leader's office and lock up literally billions more in assets". We've watched him impose sanctions on a country where numerous people yearn for religious, political and economic freedom.

The sanctions previous year brought back punitive measures that were imposed and then lifted by former president Barack Obama, who reached an worldwide agreement under which Iran moved to end its nuclear program.

Tensions between Iran and the United States and its allies, including Saudi Arabia, have increased since Washington pulled out of a deal in 2018 between Iran and global powers that aimed to curb Tehran's nuclear ambitions. The U.S. has blamed the attacks on Tehran, which has denied any wrongdoing.

US especial envoy to Iran Brian Hook touched on the matter during a recent interview. The US claimed that the drone was flying over worldwide waters.

The U.S. has applied sanctions to almost 1,000 Iranian entities, including banks, individuals, ships and aircraft.

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This has led to shortages of imported goods and products that are made with raw materials from overseas, most notably babies' nappies. "They can not have a nuclear weapon", Trump said in the "Meet the Press" interview. It has also accused European countries of failing to live up to their promises of protecting Iran's economy from USA sanctions.

Iran said the drone was in its airspace, but the USA said the claim was false.

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