Any conflict in region could spread - Iran general

Bolton Warns Iran to Not Mistake U.S. 'Prudence' for 'Weakness'

Bolton Warns Iran to Not Mistake U.S. 'Prudence' for 'Weakness'

A top United Kingdom diplomat has met with senior officials in Tehran to discuss preventing "escalation and miscalculation" amid heightened tensions between the US and Iran.

The incident immediately heightened the crisis already gripping the wider region, which is rooted in Mr Trump withdrawing the U.S. a year ago from Iran's 2015 nuclear deal and imposing crippling new sanctions on Tehran.

The United States launched cyber attacks against Iranian missile control systems and a spy network after Tehran downed an American surveillance drone, according to U.S. media reports.

A Houthi spokesman, Yahia al-Sarie, said earlier Sunday the rebels had launched drone attacks on Saudi airports in Abha and Jizan.

"America is the real terrorist in the world by spreading chaos in countries, giving advanced weapons to terrorist groups, causing insecurity, and still it says "Come, let's negotiate", the parliament's deputy speaker, Masoud Pezeshkian, said at the start of a session broadcast live on state radio. The Houthis launched a cruise missile at the airport on June 12, wounding 26 passengers inside.

The execution is part of the escalation of tension that has been occurring in recent days between the two powers.

More than a year after Trump unilaterally pulled out of a 2015 multilateral nuclear accord with Tehran, the USA president said on Saturday that Iran's prospects would improve if it renounced nuclear weapons.

In the early hours of June 20, the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Force shot down a U.S. unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that intruded into the airspace of Iran. "They know precisely how to find us".

Yesterday, Tehran repeated that the drone was shot down over its territory and said it would respond firmly to any United States threat.

Trump has said he aborted a military strike to retaliate for Iran's downing of the drone because it could have killed 150 people.

U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton says Iran should not "mistake U.S. prudence and discretion for weakness". He was quoted by the official IRNA news agency.

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"Some of the Iranian officials recently said that you can not have a dialogue with a knife against your throat", Nebenzia said. "No one has granted them a hunting license in the Middle East", Bolton said during a visit to Israel.

His administration past year pulled out of the 2015 global agreement meant to curb the Iranian nuclear program, an agreement he strongly criticised as ineffective during his presidential campaign. The Israeli leader appears to be wary of being seen as pushing the US into a new Middle Eastern military conflict.

The NSA said in a statement: 'There have been serious issues with malicious Iranian cyber actions in the past. The U.S. military said operations at the base were going on as usual and there were no plans to evacuate personnel.

Iran's foreign minister said Bolton was trying to force the US into a conflict with Iran.

In a Saturday tweet, Trump had pledged to hit Iran with "major" new sanctions on Monday.

America's European allies have expressed deep concern about the volatile standoff.

Washington has imposed a series of measures against Tehran since Trump pulled out of a landmark nuclear accord between Iran and world powers previous year. Tehran has denied involvement in the tanker attacks, which no one has claimed responsibility for.

He added: "I don't want to kill 150 Iranians".

In a move foreshadowed by Iranian leaders for weeks, the cap set on the country's stockpile of enriched uranium could be broken by Thursday, a day before negotiators from the countries, mostly European, still committed to the accord meet in Vienna. Mr Hook said the landmark agreement signed with world powers had encouraged Iran to further pursue a "violent and expansionist foreign policy".

An Iranian military commander has warned that any conflict with Iran would have uncontrollable consequences across the region and endanger the lives of United States forces, as tensions between Washington and Tehran flared after the downing of an American surveillance drone.

Iran addressed the subject of casualties, too.

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