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23 June, 2019 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 23 June, 2019 02:26:09 AM
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US to hit Iran with ‘major’ new sanctions tomorrow

Iran warns US attack would imperil interests across Mideast
AFP, Washington

US President Donald Trump yesterday said that the United States would impose "major" new sanctions on Iran in two days -- a move sure to exacerbate tensions with the Islamic republic inflamed by the downing of a US spy plane. Trump tamped down the threat of military action on Friday, when he called off retaliatory strikes at the last minute because the response was not "proportionate" to the drone's destruction over the Strait of Hormuz.

But he had said military action is still an option and brandished the threat of sanctions ever since. Now, he has set a timetable for fresh punitive economic measures to heap more pressure on an Iranian economy already reeling from the sanctions in place since Trump withdrew from an international nuclear deal with Tehran.

"We are putting major additional Sanctions on Iran on Monday," Trump tweeted. "I look forward to the day that Sanctions come off Iran, and they become a productive and prosperous nation again - The sooner the better!" Earlier, before heading to Camp David for meetings with his advisors on the situation, Trump said he would be Iran's "best friend" and that the Islamic republic could be a "wealthy" country if it renounced nuclear weapons. "We're not going to have Iran have a nuclear weapon," Trump told reporters outside the White House.

"When they agree to that, they're going to have a wealthy country. They're going to be so happy, and I'm going to be their best friend. I hope that happens."

"Let's make Iran great again," he added, tweaking for the occasion his main domestic political mantra. Meanwhile, Tehran yesterday warned Washington that any attack would see its interests across the Middle East go up in flames after USPresident Donald Trump said he called off a strike at the 11th hour. The aborted military action was to have been in response to Iran's downing of a USreconnaissance drone, which has seen tensions between the two countries soar after a series of attacks on commercial vessels the US has blamed on Iran.

"Firing one bullet towards Iran will set fire to the interests of America and its allies" in the region, armed forces general staff spokesman Brigadier General Abolfazl

Shekarchi told the Tasnim news agency.

"If the enemy -- especially America and its allies in the region -- make the military mistake of shooting the powder keg on which America's interests lie, the region will be set on fire," Shekarchi warned.

Following his comments, Iran said it had executed a man convicted of spying for the US.

"The execution sentence was carried out for Jalal Haji Zavar, a contractor for the defence ministry's aerospace organisation who spied for the CIA and the American government," semi-official ISNA news agency reported, quoting the Iranian military.

Fear of a potential war and frustration over biting sanctions are high in Iran's capital, after the last-minute decision by the US to pull back from attacking the Islamic Republic.

 

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