Donald Trump puts sanctions on Iranian supreme leader, other top officials

US launches cyber-attack, imposes 'major' sanctions on Iran

Trump backtracked on a military response to the shoot-down of the drone, using as an excuse that 150 Iranians might die and that this would not be "proportionate" to the USA loss.

Tensions have risen between the two countries since past year, when Trump withdrew the US from a nuclear deal with Iran and several world powers.

Last year, Mr Trump withdrew the U.S. from a 2015 accord between Iran and world powers that curbed Teheran's nuclear programme in exchange for easing sanctions.

"They try hard but have not carried out a successful attack", an Iranian minister tweeted on Monday.

On Friday morning, Trump announced that at the last minute he had called off strikes scheduled for Thursday night against Iran in retaliation for the drone shoot-down after Trump learned the attacks could cost 150 lives, according to US estimates.

Acting U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Jonathan Cohen speaks to the media after closed door Security Council meetings on Iran at the U.N. headquarters in NY, U.S., June 24, 2019.

Pompeo reiterated that message Monday during his meeting with Mohammed bin Zayed, the crown prince of Abu Dhabi.

Most U.N. sanctions imposed on Iran were lifted in January 2016 when the U.N. nuclear watchdog confirmed that Tehran fulfilled commitments under a 2015 nuclear deal with Britain, France, Germany, China, Russia and the United States.

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"You can not start a dialogue with somebody who is threatening you, who is intimidating you", Ambassador Majid Takht Ravanchi told reporters. The Iranian president's adviser, Hesameddin Ashena, tweeted June 23, "We say, we neither seek war nor deserve to be sanctioned".

The Kremlin, which has longstanding links to Iran's government, earlier called Monday's sanctions "illegal".

Ravanchi urged the United Nations chief to initiate "a genuine regional dialogue on regional security.so that we will see a new region for the generations to come". Iranian media reported that Murrison said Europe is committed to the JCPOA and implementing the Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges, or INSTEX, the vehicle meant to facilitate trade between Iran and Europe. "We don't think either side wants a war, but we are very concerned that we could get into an accidental war and we are doing everything we can to ratchet things down", British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said. In 2010, the United States and Israel deployed the Stuxnet worm against Iranian nuclear facilities and successfully delayed the country's nuclear weapons program by sabotaging uranium enrichment infrastructure. It also bolsters those in Tehran who have backed a more aggressive pushback-sabotaging tanker traffic in the Persian Gulf and slowly breaching limits on nuclear activities set in the JCPOA in an effort to make the rest of the world pay for sanctions and to amass leverage for talks with Trump's successor. "I can only tell you we cannot ever let Iran have a nuclear weapon", he said.

Iran refers to its firewall as the Dejfa defense shield, a defense project for the national information network that provides security services for private and state-owned businesses. "This action is a warning to officials at all levels of the IRGC and the rest of the Iranian regime that we will continue to sanction those who export violence, sabotage and terrorism", Mnuchin said.

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are alarmed by Iran's military reach and are working to limit its influence in the region.

Pompeo said he was working to build what he called a "global coalition" against the Islamic republic. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement that "this action was taken as part of the administration's maximum pressure campaign against the Iranian regime which has engaged in 40 years of terror and aggression against the United States and our allies".

The United States has warned Iran not to underestimate its resolve as an Iranian Revolutionary Guard commander said he feared that war in the Gulf region could quickly spiral "out of control".

Tensions have flared after Iranian forces shot down a U.S. drone Thursday, the latest in a series of incidents including attacks on tankers in sensitive Gulf waters that have raised fears of an unintended slide towards conflict.

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