Published: Mon, June 24, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

Iranian general warns any conflict in region could spread uncontrollably

Iranian general warns any conflict in region could spread uncontrollably

Rouhani also denounced what Iran alleges was the incursion of its airspace by a USA military drone, which Tehran shot down on Thursday.

The president said he called off the air strikes after being told 150 Iranians would be killed.

Later he tweeted: "We are putting major additional Sanctions on Iran on Monday".

Concern about a potential armed confrontation between the US and Iran has been growing since USA officials recently blamed Tehran for mine attacks on two oil tankers in the Strait of Hormuz, allegations Tehran denies, and Iran's downing of the drone. Yeah, John Bolton is absolutely a hawk, ' Trump said during his interview with NBC. And if you want to talk about it, good.

Meanwhile, Iran's Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abbas Mousavi said Saturday that Iran will not allow US intrusion into its territory, while speaking in reference to the downing of the USA drone Thursday.

Netanyahu said the sanctions relief Iran won as part of the deal allowed it to wage a "campaign of terror and aggression across the region" and to fund groups such as Lebanon's Hezbollah and Islamic Jihad in Gaza. He emphasized that Trump had only "stopped the strike from going forward at this time'".

The statements come after Trump said he had cancelled a Thursday night strike on Iran at the last minute in retaliation for the American spy drone shot down over Iranian airspace.

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"Neither Iran nor any other hostile actor should mistake U.S. prudence and discretion for weakness", said Bolton ahead of a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem.

On Saturday, Christopher Krebs, director of the Department of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, issued a warning about Iranian cyberattacks on American industries and government agencies, saying "malicious cyberactivity" was on the rise.

But Trump pulled the United States out of that deal and reimposed sanctions on Tehran. Iran had denied any involvement.

Days earlier, Trump abruptly called off a plan for airstrikes against the Islamic Republic based on the concept of proportionality after Iran shot down a US Navy drone.

Iran's Civil Aviation Organisation said on Saturday (June 22) that the country's airspace was safe for airlines to fly through, the semi-official Tasnim news agency reported, amid escalating tension between Teheran and Washington over the shooting down of an unmanned United States drone by Iran.

US ally Israel, which has itself long threatened strikes against Iran's disputed nuclear program, signaled understanding for Trump's stance given his campaign of diplomatic pressure on Tehran.

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