Trump says will be Iran's 'best friend' if it renounces nuclear arms

Monday, 24 Jun, 2019

US President Donald Trump said Saturday he will impose additional sanctions on Iran in an effort to prevent Tehran from obtaining nuclear weapons, adding that military action was still a possibility.

Rouhani said: "We expect worldwide bodies to show proper reaction to the invasion move".

"We are going to put important additional sanctions on Iran on Monday", Trump wrote on Twitter, adding: "I look forward to the day when sanctions on Iran are lifted, and they become a prosperous and productive nation again - the sooner the better!"

"They're going on slowly and in some cases moderately without note", Trump talked about as he used to be departing for Camp David.

Trump said of the response, "Everybody was saying I'm a warmonger, and now they say I'm a dove".

Last year, US President Donald Trump unilaterally pulled his country out of the JCPOA, which was signed between Iran and world powers.

Last year, Trump withdrew the United States from the deal created to curb Iran's nuclear ambitions in exchange for sanctions relief, and reinstated measures created to choke off Iranian oil sales and cripple its economy.

He also said Iran was "very wise" to make a decision to not shoot down a manned US spy plane that was reportedly flying close to the location where the drone was shot down.

"You can't have nuclear weapons", Trump said, implying anything else was open to discussion - and if Tehran doesn't want to talk, "you can live in a shattered economy for a long time to come". Worries about a confrontation between Iran and the USA have mounted despite Trump saying he has no appetite to go to war with Iran. "It's very important we avoid confrontation right now", they told Reuters, on condition of anonymity.

Iran was practicing high-stakes brinkmanship when it shot down a United States spy drone on Thursday over the waters of the Strait of Hormuz.

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.

The officials say defense officials had prepared such a cyber response as a contingency plan for weeks preceding the attack.

"We will not allow any violation against Iran's borders. Iran will firmly confront any aggression or threat by America", Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi told the local media outlet.