Bolton says Iran silence on US talks offer 'deafening'

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Rouhani, a pragmatist who won two elections on promises to open Iran up to the world, described the US moves as desperate and called the White House "mentally retarded" - an insult that other Iranian officials have used in the past about Trump, but a departure from Rouhani's own comparatively measured tone.

Iran's state-run IRNA news agency on Tuesday quoted Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi as saying that Trump's move means the end of diplomacy between the two countries.

In addition to Rouhani's insults, Monday's sanctions have led to "the permanent closure of the road of diplomacy", a spokesperson for Iran's foreign ministry said.

In a speech broadcast live on Iranian state television on Tuesday, "The White House actions mean it is mentally retarded", Rouhani said, adding that Tehran's "strategic patience" should not be mistaken for fear.

Mnuchin told reporters Zarif would be added to an economic sanctions list "later this week", adding that eight top military commanders from Iran's Revolutionary Guards have now also been blacklisted. According to Tehran, the UAV and P-8 Poseidon spy plane accompanying it had violated the country's border.

Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani said Tuesday that the country is to begin suspending more of its commitments under the nuclear deal from July 7.

President Donald Trump displays an executive order imposing fresh sanctions on Iran in the Oval Office on June 24, 2019.

The president imposed the new sanctions targeting officials - in lieu of an airstrike - in retaliation for Iran shooting down a $100 million unmanned American drone on Thursday.

Ties between both countries soured after Washington pulled out from the 2015 nuclear deal or the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) a year ago.

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Nevertheless, the Indian official maintained that Pompeo's visit is not "outcome-oriented". Pompeo will be visiting India from June 25 to June 27.

The United States has levied new sanctions on Iran today in an effort to further squeeze the regime into compliance over the controversial nuclear deal and stave off additional hostilities from the Middle Eastern nation.

Washington said it would also impose sanctions on Iran's Foreign Minister Zarif later this week.

Washington, Jun 25 (Prensa Latina) US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met on Monday in Saudi Arabia with King Salman bin Abudalaziz al Saud and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, amid Washington's campaign against Iran. Iran, in turn, has denied that it is to blame.

In a speech in Tehran on Tuesday, June 25, Rouhani said US sanctions are anti-human and "against human rights".

Trump's figures regarding Iranian responsibility for American deaths appeared to be significantly higher than those provided by the State Department and the Pentagon in April, which said that "at least 603 U.S. personnel deaths in Iraq" were the result of attacks by Iran-backed militants between 2003 and 2011. Citing those episodes and intelligence about other Iranian threats, the US has sent an aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf region and deployed additional troops alongside the tens of thousands already there.

Iran's naval commander has warned that Iranian forces would not hesitate to act again and shoot down more USA surveillance drones that violate Iranian airspace.

Tehran will take judicial measures concerning the USA move in deploying a "spy drone into Iranian airspace as a violation of the global law", said Laya Joneidi, vice president for legal affairs in the Iranian administration.

Tehran has threatened to scale down some of its commitments under the deal unless the remaining worldwide parties - the Britain, China, France, Russia and Germany - help it circumvent United States sanctions, particularly through vital oil exports.

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