"Because of our action, the governmental regime is trying to finance its campaign of violent terror, because its economy heads in an unparalleled depression, authorities revenue dries upinflation spirals out of control", Trump said Wednesday as he announced yet another round of sanctions, this time targeting the nation's metals industry.
"The timely decision of the Islamic republic regarding its commitments in the [nuclear deal] showed that Iran is not in a position of weakness", said Ali Mottahari. according to the official IRNA news agency. After repeating the administration's complaints about Iran, including what he called "40 years of killing American soldiers, attacking American facilities and taking American hostages", Pompeo appealed to "those in Tehran who see a path to a prosperous future" through modifying their government's behavior. Last year, Bolton's request for military options for Iran caused concern among some Pentagon officials, sources tell CNN.
American B-52 bombers have also arrived at a US base in Qatar, US Central Command said.
"Commander Salami, with attention to the situation in the region, presented an analysis that the Americans have started a psychological war because the comings and goings of their military is a normal matter", spokesman Behrouz Nemati said, according to parliament's ICANA news site.
Bern was moved by the Americans, because the United States and Iran have no official diplomatic relations.
"An attack on American interests from an Iranian-led force, whether it's an Iranian proper or it's an entity that is controlled by the Iranians, we will hold the responsible party accountable".
Iran's Revolutionary Guards said on Friday Tehran would not negotiate with the United States and a senior cleric warned that a US Navy fleet could be "destroyed with one missile", as a US aircraft carrier headed towards the Gulf.
Emirati officials have not released additional information on the incident, but the US has warned local ships that "Iran or its proxies" may target maritime traffic in the region, according to the AP.
In the three-decade old military confrontation with the warring neighbour, none from the worldwide community had slapped Iran with sanctions on import, export and oil sales.
They said that there can be no preconditions before any potential talks.
On Friday, Germany's leading news weekly Der Spiegel published an article highlighting how Washington's bid to pressure Iran had endangered Washington's European allies, specifically Germany.
If US and clients don't feel safe, it's because they're despised by the people of the region- blaming Iran won't reverse that.
He said the aim of the United States is "not war" as tensions reach new heights in the Middle East.
"Washington is exacerbating regional tensions with its policy of applying maximum pressure on Iran", Niels Annen, a high-ranking official at the German Foreign Ministry, told the publication. He is one of at least 6 Americans that the USA government claims are wrongfully detained in Iran, including his son Siamak Namazi.
In the latest of a series of escalating statements, however, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo the same day threatened a "swift and decisive" USA response to any attack by Iran.