US sanctions entities and individuals linked to Iran's nuclear program

US President Donald Trump said on July 19 the US

US President Donald Trump said on July 19 the US"immediately destroyed an Iranian drone that approached the USS Boxer near the Strait of Hormuz but officials in Teheran denied losing one

Yet as important as a diplomatic back channel might be to defusing incidents and potential blow-ups, some analysts say established lines of communication and quiet conversations are even more critical to substantive and successful diplomacy on a complex issue like Iran's nuclear program.

As part of its campaign, the US has re-imposed sanctions on exports of Iranian crude oil, which have nosedived the Iranian economy.

Trump on Thursday said a U.S. Navy ship had "destroyed" an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz after the aircraft threatened the ship.

The official also dismissed an offer made by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif that Iran could immediately ratify a document prescribing more intrusive inspections of its nuclear program if the United States abandoned its economic sanctions on Tehran.

Trump has kept up the pressure on Iran and called the U.K a "very great ally" while speaking with reporters earlier in the afternoon, adding that they have an "agreement" with them.

This week, Zarif criticized USA foreign policies and told reporters during his visit to the United Nations headquarters in NY that the onus is on the United States to ease tensions with Iran.

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Tehran announced on July 1 that it had amassed more low-enriched uranium than permitted under its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, marking its first major step beyond the terms of the pact since the United States withdrew more than a year ago.

"We always have an alliance with the U.K.", Trump said.

Trump warned last week that sanctions against Iran would be "increased substantially" after Tehran surpassed the enrichment cap in the 2015 deal.

He was referring to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, an anti-Western hardliner and the ultimate authority in Iran, and President Hassan Rouhani, a more pragmatic figure who engineered the 2015 deal to ease Iran's global isolation but now signals no compromise in the confrontation with Washington.

Fears of direct US-Iranian conflict have risen since May with several attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf, Iran's downing of a US surveillance drone and a plan for US air strikes on Iran last month that Mr Trump called off at the last minute. The drone was downed through electronic jamming, according to a USA official.

"It goes to show you I was right about Iran", Trump said. Earlier, against the company, restrictions were imposed, reports TASS.

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