Published: Sun, June 23, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

Firing One Bullet at Iran Will Set Fire to US Interests

Firing One Bullet at Iran Will Set Fire to US Interests

"150 people, sir, was the answer from a General", the president tweeted, saying he concluded it would not have been "proportionate to shooting down an unmanned drone".

"I am in no hurry", Trump added. They want more sanctions against Iran because it's a surefire way to force them to negotiate.

Iran has denied any involvement in those incidents, but world powers are calling for calm and sending in envoys for talks to try to lower the temperature of a dispute that is already helping push up the price of oil. U.S. forces were called off at the last minute in the wake of Pentagon's advise to Trump to call off the attack.

"The two leaders discussed Saudi Arabia's critical role in ensuring stability in the Middle East and in the global oil market", said White House spokesperson Hogan Gidley. In addition, he alleges that the U.S. military was warned twice of an impending strike against the aircraft if they did not change course.

While multiple reports early Friday said the strikes would have targeted Iranian missile installation, USA officials have declined to comment on the situation. She added that any hostilities against Iran must first be approved by Congress. The U.S. benchmark surged 5.4 per cent on Thursday and was on track for a 9 per cent increase this week.

US President Donald Trump initially played down Iran's downing of a US military drone earlier this week. "I doubt that Tehran will be serious until it sees who wins the next presidential election", he said.

The U.S. announced this week it was authorizing another 1,000 troops - including a Patriot missile battery and additional manned and unmanned reconnaissance aircraft to bolster defenses at U.S. positions in Iraq and Syria.

"Crude prices are spiking on increased Middle East tensions after Iran shot down a us drone in what the USA claims is global airspace", said Jason Gammel from Jefferies.

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The Aerospace Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard said in a statement that it had shot down a US Air Force Global Hawk aircraft that was flying over the coastal city of Kuh-e Mobarak, in Hormozgan Province overlooking the Gulf of Oman.

Tehran received a message from President Trump warning that a retaliatory attack was imminent after Iran shot down a USA drone - but saying he was against war and wanted to hold discussions, according to a report.

But Iran said on Saturday its airspace was "safe and secure" for all planes to cross, Tasnim reported.

The US says it would take every action necessary, including diplomatic, to guarantee safe navigation in West Asia. Prices are up more than 6 percent for the week as the Trump administration and Iranian regime trade accusations about their military activity in the Persian Gulf. The United States claims it was flying over worldwide waters, while Iran claims the drone had entered its airspace.

In a letter to UN Chief Antonio Guterres, Iran's UN Envoy Majid Takht Ravanchi accused the United States of violation of Iranian airspace and "a very unsafe and provocative act against the territorial integrity of the Islamic Republic of Iran". But a news report said the department erroneously labeled the drone's fight path the location where it was shot down.

Kinzinger said Iran has moved the situation "this time - and multiple times prior - into the kinetic military realm".

Last year, the USA shredded the 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran, reimposed sanctions and ended waivers on Iranian crude imports. "He (Trump) may be walking right into the hands of what the Revolutionary Guards want".

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