Rouhani says USA 'lying' about talks offer, suffers from 'mental retardation'

Clay Curtis
June 25, 2019

"Trump's desperate administration is destroying the established worldwide mechanisms for maintaining world peace and security".

US President Donald Trump signed an order on Monday that targets Iran's supreme leader and associates with additional financial sanctions.

"Imposing useless sanctions on Iran's Supreme Leader and the commander of Iran's diplomacy is the permanent closure of the path of diplomacy", the Foreign Ministry's Abbas Mousavi said in a tweet.

He pointed to his administration's assessment that Iran was behind attacks earlier this month on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman, . something Tehran strongly denies.

Mr Khamenei is Iran's utmost authority who has the last say on all state matters.

Iranian Telecommunications Minister Javad Jahromi denied that there had been a successful cyber attack against the country, despite admitting repeated attempts.

Iran said on Monday that United States cyber attacks on its military had failed, as Washington sought to rally support in the Middle East and Europe for a hardline stance that has brought it to the verge of conflict with its longtime foe.

"I think a lot of restraint has been shown by us - a lot of restraint - and that doesn't mean we're going to show it in the future", President Donald Trump said in remarks from the Oval Office before signing the sanction order.

Mohammad Javad Zarif also said Trump and those around him pushing a hard line on Iran "despise diplomacy", in his first post on Twitter after he himself was targeted in a new batch of United States sanctions.

Trump announces new sanctions on Iran
The U.S. has applied sanctions to almost 1,000 Iranian entities, including banks, individuals, ships and aircraft. The US said the drone was in global territory when it was hit by a surface-to-air missile.

Standing alongside Trump, the treasury secretary, Steven Mnuchin, said the measures would freeze billions of dollars in Iranian assets. The foreign minister said it is quite in the interests of the United States and the larger world that Washington withdraw its forces from the Persian Gulf region.

Trump said he was willing to pursue dialogue with Tehran without preconditions, but the sanctions appeared to make such talks even less likely.

The U.S. military also carried out a cyberattack against Iran last Thursday in response to the downing of the American drone, as per Fox.

This was followed by a series of attacks on tankers in the Gulf, which the White House said Iran was behind.

Mr Hook said a deal would address Iran's nuclear programme, regional aggression and detention of dual nationals.

USA media have also reported Trump secretly authorized cyberattacks against Iran's missile defense systems and a spy network, but Tehran says no damage was done.

Despite the escalating strain between the two countries, the USA envoy at the United Nations, Jonathan Cohen, said the Trump administration's aim is to get Tehran back to negotiations.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the USA issued a joint statement Monday calling on Iran to stop retaliatory actions that threaten regional stability as tensions with Tehran grow. "But we would love to be able to, and frankly they might as well do it soon".

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