On the way to Camp David Saturday, President Donald Trump updated the press on the Iran situation. The president continues his firm stance while offering to negotiate.
Military action is “always on the table,” but president Trump added that he’s open to playing let’s make a deal with Iran. “It would bolster the country’s flagging economy.”
“We will call it ‘Let’s make Iran great again’” Trump told reporters.
Economic sanctions have already been effective so the administration is paving the way for even stricter ones to go into effect as early as Monday. Along with the added penalties, Trump offered to boost the Islamic Regime’s dying economy.
Iran cannot have Nuclear Weapons! Under the terrible Obama plan, they would have been on their way to Nuclear in a short number of years, and existing verification is not acceptable. We are putting major additional Sanctions on Iran on Monday. I look forward to the day that…..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 22, 2019
Pundits see the move as an attempt to ratchet down tensions and let last week’s drone attack fall by the wayside. Trump posted:
“Iran cannot have Nuclear Weapons! Under the terrible Obama plan, they would have been on their way to nuclear in a short number of years, and existing verification is not acceptable.”
“We are putting major additional Sanctions on Iran on Monday. I look forward to the day that Sanctions come off Iran, and they become a productive and prosperous nation again.”
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirms that “beyond any doubt” the U.S. Global Hawk surveillance drone was in international airspace.
“When the Iranian regime decides to forgo violence and meet our diplomacy with diplomacy, it knows how to reach us.”
Iran is still more interested in throwing temper tantrums than negotiating in good faith. The Ayatollah is still clinging to hopes that Europe will pressure the Americans to honor the one sided agreement that Barack Obama and John Kerry caved in on.
As expressed by Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi:
“The Europeans will not be given more time beyond July 8 to save the deal.”
Iranian lawmakers went back to their old ways on Sunday, chanting “Death to America” in the middle of an official session of parliament.
Not only has Iran admitted shooting down the drone, they were accused of attacking two tanker ships last week in the Gulf of Oman. Before that, they were tied to assaults against United Arab Emirates tankers in May.
In the immediate wake of last week’s tanker attacks, the U.S. Cyber Command:
“Launched a retaliatory cyberstrike… against an Iranian spy group.”
Intelligence officials note “USCC attacked the spy group, which has ties to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps”
Behind the scenes, Iranian cyberforce hackers have been working overtime. The director of America’s cybersecurity agency, Chris Krebs, recently reported an increase in “malicious cyber activity” aimed at U.S. interests that were linked to the Iranian government.
Official Iranian units and covert shadow groups are escalating “destructive ‘wiper’ attacks.” These not only hijack data and transfer money but can destroy a company’s whole computer network.