United Kingdom could join USA in assault on Iran, Jeremy Hunt says

Cheryl Sanders
June 24, 2019

"We confidently say that the crushing response can always be repeated, and the enemy knows it", Khanzadi was quoted as saying by the semi-official Tasnim news agency during a meeting with a group of defence officials.

Mr Trump pulled out of a long-term deal struck with Iran in 2015 to limit its sensitive nuclear activities and allow in global inspectors in return for the lifting of economic sanctions. We are putting major additional Sanctions on Iran on Monday.

"I fear that if Iran doesn't have a firm set of boundaries drawn around its behavior we're going to see an attack on a USA ship or a USA manned aircraft", Mr.

The latest raids come amid spiralling regional tensions after Washington - a key ally of Riyadh - accused Iran of shooting down a United States drone and carrying out attacks on oil tankers in the strategic Gulf of Oman.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Britain and the USA, in a joint statement published on Saudi state media on Sunday, voiced alarm over escalating regional tensions and the "dangers posed by Iranian destabilising activity".

The top USA diplomat was due to fly later on Monday to the United Arab Emirates.

Stopping short of directly addressing rumors that the attack had taken place, Jahromi said that Iran has vast experience of thwarting these kind of assaults, having foiled some "33 million attacks with the [national] firewall, only within the past year". Saudi Arabia has been at war with the Houthis in Yemen for more than four years.

The Sunday attack by the Yemeni rebels, known as Houthis, targeted the Saudi airport in Abha.


Pompeo added: 'We'll be talking with them about how to make sure that we are all strategically aligned, and how we can build out a global coalition, a coalition.that understands this challenge'.

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

"The Americans are asphyxiating Iran economically in order to force them to hold talks with them", Coville said.

The top United States diplomat also held discussions with King Salman during his visit amid heightened tensions in the region.

Trump initially said Iran had made a "very big mistake" and that it was "hard to believe" that shooting down the drone on Thursday was not intentional.

On Thursday morning, President Trump called off airstrikes with 10 minutes to spare, after Iran shot down a United States drone.

"You can't have nuclear weapons, and if you want to talk about it, good".

On Sunday US national security adviser John Bolton cautioned Iran against misinterpreting the last-minute cancellation.


The attack on Abha airport, which the coalition said left a McDonalds outlet at the site littered with shattered glass and damaged 18 vehicles, comes amid spiralling regional tensions with Iran. "No one has granted them a hunting license in the Middle East", Bolton said during a visit to Israel. The speaker, who is second in line to the presidency after Mike Pence, had been among the lawmakers gathered by Trump at the White House hours earlier to discuss what the administration called "hostile behavior" by Iranian forces.

"We will continue to work with our intelligence community and cybersecurity partners to monitor Iranian cyber activity, share information, and take steps to keep America and our allies safe", he continued. The president responded by saying he doesn't want war, but stated confidently that Iran would not stand a chance in any military confrontation.

The cyber-attacks were carried out by US Cyber Command with the direct approval of US President Donald Trump, the Associated Press reported on Sunday, citing two inside sources, and confirming the report through a third Pentagon official.

USA military cyber forces on Thursday launched a strike against Iranian military computer systems, according to US officials.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told reporters on June 24 that the threat of more US sanctions "is a reflection of the deliberate and purposeful escalation policy" while adding that the measures were "totally counterproductive and risky".

Throughout the recent crisis, Trump has wavered between bellicose language and actions toward Iran and a more accommodating tone. However, an Iranian commander said Tehran was prepared to do it again.

Mike Turner says sanctions are having an impact on Iran's economy.


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