US President Donald Trump said on Saturday his administration was "moving forward" and that he will impose additional sanctions against Iran in an effort to prevent Tehran from obtaining nuclear weapons.
Iran claimed the downed aircraft was "spying" in its airspace and had crossed a "red line". Iran though claimed the United States drone was in its territory and that it in fact it had issued two warnings to the Americans before shooting the spy plane down eight miles from its shores.
Earlier, before heading to Camp David for meetings with his advisors on the situation, Mr Trump said he would be Iran's "best friend" and that the Islamic republic could be a "wealthy" country if it renounced nuclear weapons.
Iran on Saturday vowed that it would stand firm against any threats to its borders, and issued a warning to the US and its allies in the region, after US President Donald Trump said the military was "cocked and loaded" to strike against Tehran for downing a US drone on Thursday.
A screen grab made available by Iran state television English service press TV (PTV) reportedly shows footage released of Iran's surface-to-air missile system Khordad-3, which shot down the USA surveillance drone, an unmanned aircraft with a wingspan larger than a Boeing 737 jetliner and costing over $100 million US.
The US ruler said he would open talks but would not allow Iran to develop nuclear weapons.
Israeli military analysts are afraid that a weak United States attack on Iran could provoke an Iranian attack on Israeli interests.
Moreover, a war on Iran would inevitably escalate the United States confrontation with China, which can not cede to USA imperialism a stranglehold over the oil resources of the Middle East that sustain its economy, and which sees Iran as a strategic link in its One Belt, One Road strategy to deepen the integration of Eurasia.
Military sources told Reuters that US forces were getting ready to evacuate contractors from a military base in neighboring Iraq over "potential security threats", without saying what those threats might be.
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The statement came after President Trump launched, then halted, a military strike against Iran on Thursday. Switzerland looks after US interests in Iran.
Her husband, Richard Ratcliffe, who is on day eight of a hunger strike outside the Iranian Embassy, said the foreign minister's visit was "really helpful".
The president's decision to call off the attack is a reminder that despite the escalation in tensions between Washington and Tehran in recent weeks, there is a realization that military action, once under way, can quickly lead to unintended consequences, including large-scale war.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she was glad that the strikes were called off, but urged for Trump to seek approval from Congress before taking any military action against Iran.
A senior Arab diplomat said the sharply increased tensions would further harm the crisis-hit Middle East region.
"The Europeans will not be given more time beyond July 8 to save the deal", Mousavi said, referring to Iran's deadline of 60 days that it announced in May.
Some other global airlines are also taking related precautions.
But Iran said on Saturday its airspace was "safe and secure" for all planes to cross, Tasnim reported.
"It's always on the table until we get this solved", he added.
The US sanctions stopped US companies from trading with Iran and caused foreign investments to dry up.