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Don't mistake cancelled strikes as weakness, Bolton warns Iran

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This screengrab from a US Department of Defense handout video shows what the Pentagon says is a smoke trail left after a US Global Hawk drone was shot down while flying over the Gulf of Oman and the Strait of Hormuz

Tensions between Washington and Tehran have flared after Iran on Thursday shot down a USA drone.

"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 Tehran announced in May. The president said that the casualty count of the strike, which he said could be 150 people, would be disproportionate to the attack from Iran, which caused no deaths.

In an interview with NBC News' Meet the Press aired on Sunday morning, Trump was asked by host Chuck Todd to send a message directly to Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Hosseini Khamenei.

The aborted strikes were the latest in a series of escalations in the Gulf region, where Washington has accused Iran of mining tankers in a strategic waterway and a United States drone was shot down by Iranian forces on Thursday.

Debris from what Iran's Revolutionary Guard aerospace division describes as the USA drone which was shot down on Thursday is displayed in Tehran, Iran, Friday, June 21, 2019.

"I thought about it for a second and I said, "You know what?"

Meanwhile, Iran's Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abbas Mousavi said Saturday that Iran will not allow US intrusion into its territory, while speaking in reference to the downing of the USA drone Thursday. "I am in no hurry, our military is rebuilt, new, and ready to go, by far the best in the world", Trump had tweeted.

"Our military is rebuilt new and ready to go", said Bolton, after Trump called off a planned attack on Iran in response to Tehran downing a U.S. drone on Thursday.

The Washington Post and AP, citing unnamed USA officials, on June 22 reported that the strikes were conducted with the approval of President Donald Trump. Iran is now facing strong economic pressure after the United States withdrew from the Iran Nuclear Deal in 2018 and reimposed stringent sanctions against the Islamic country. Iran denies any involvement.

Iran issued a "strong protest" to the UAE diplomat, saying Iran does not tolerate the facilitation of foreign forces that violate its territory, the report by the official IRNA news agency said.

Dr Murison, who reiterated the UK's "determination to maintain the nuclear deal" while in Tehran, also pushed for the release of British-Iranian Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe.

Trump has labeled Iran a danger and in May past year pulled the United States out of an worldwide accord on rewarding the country for allowing verification of its nuclear industry. They shot down an unmanned drone, plane - whatever you want to call it - and here we are sitting with 150 dead people.

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