The United States is closely monitoring Iranian naval activity to ensure no disruptions occur to global shipping, a top USA general said Wednesday, as tensions with Tehran intensify over renewed economic pressure from the Trump administration.
Russian Federation has once again hit out at the United States for re-imposing its unilateral sanctions against Iran after scrapping the 2015 multilateral nuclear deal, describing it as a "destructive step" that could destabilize the already-volatile Middle East region.
"We denounce any unilateral sanctions in circumvention of the UN Security Council decisions, all the more so if they have exterritorial applications and affect the interests of third countries, as is the case with the current United States restrictions against Iran", the statement said.
British Foreign Office Minister Alastair Burt said that the "Americans have really not got this right". Who is the person causing the losses - a government, a bank, a company? They also targeted but failed to penetrate critical infrastructure. "But I would just suggest we have capabilities as well". Several years ago, the top-secret Stuxnet computer virus destroyed centrifuges involved in Iran's contested nuclear program.
In Iran, meanwhile, thousands of protesters again took the streets this week.
Trump said Tuesday that anyone doing business with Iran will not be allowed to maintain business ties with the United States.
"I think that Iran is more or less ready to break the old taboo of talking with the USA, but they would probably want to see a suspension of sanctions while the talks are going on", he added.
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European leaders have expressed deep regret about the U.S. actions.
Commission deputy chief spokesperson Mina Andreeva said: "They are free to choose whether to start working, continue working or cease business operations in Iran ... on the basis of their assessment of the economic situation". "We expect our maritime forces to operate in a professional manner, and I think we should expect that from others who operate in the worldwide maritime environment". It plots attacks in Europe. Votel singled out Soleimani for driving much of that militant activity. "Nobody can do anything", Khamenei said recently, the website reported.
Trump brought back the punishing sanctions after unilaterally pulling out of a landmark 2015 deal between Tehran and Western powers to halt Iran's nuclear ambitions.
Netanyahu also expressed hope that the European Union would follow the American example and would join Trump's efforts to reverse the Obama Administration's premature lifting of sanctions in 2016.
And Danish engineering firm Haldor Topsoe said it was cutting 200 jobs in the country as a result of the sanctions.
"This still remains a highly capable, espionage-related type threat", Ray said.
Those cyberattacks cost almost 50 financial institutions tens of millions of dollars. United States prosecutors indicted several Iranians, alleging they worked at the behest of the Iranian government. No access was gained, but prosecutors said the breach underscored the potential vulnerabilities of the nation's critical infrastructure.