Iran cautioned Saturday that it will "firmly" respond to any aggression or threat by the USA, a warning that comes after President Trump aborted a military attack while a US cyber team carried out a retaliatory digital strike against the regime.
US President Donald Trump tweeted that reports regarding his decision not to conduct a military strike against Iran were misleading, claiming that he never said he had "called the strike against Iran BACK", but rather "just stopped it from going forward at this time". And when they agree to that, they are going to have a wealthy country, and they are going to be so happy, and I'm going to be their best friend.
Emirates, Etihad and Flydubai said on Friday they had already rerouted some of their flights after U.S. authorities prohibited American carriers from flying over Iranian waters. "I hope that happens, but it may not".
Trump also said "we very much appreciate" that Iran's Revolutionary Guard chose not to target a USA spy plane carrying more than 30 people.
Trump tamped down the threat of military action on Friday, when he called off retaliatory strikes at the last minute because the response was not "proportionate" to the drone's destruction over the Strait of Hormuz.
The Department of Homeland Security said in a statement released on Saturday that its agency tasked with infrastructure security has been aware of a recent rise in malicious cyber activities directed at U.S. government agencies by Iranian regime actors and proxies.
"In his message, Trump said he was against any war with Iran and wanted to talk to Tehran about various issues", one Iranian official told Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity.
Iran has warned the United States that any aggression against it would have serious consequences for U.S. interests across the Middle East, amid escalating tension between Tehran and Washington over the shooting down of an unmanned American drone by the Islamic Republic.
The anchor of Trump's beloved TV channel reportedly convinced him that the "hawks" in the United States administration did not have the president's best interests at heart, and that if Trump unleashed a war on Tehran, he could kiss his chances of 2020 re-election goodbye.
"Regardless of any decision they (U.S. officials) make. we will not allow any of Iran's borders to be violated".
However, the United States Central Command insisted the drone was flying over global waters.
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The tweet followed reports that Iran shot down one of U.S.'s surveillance drones over the Strait of Hormuz Thursday. Responding to the hawkish US official, Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi took to Twitter and asked, "Mr.
The Stuxnet virus, discovered in 2010, is believed to have been engineered by Israel and the USA to damage nuclear facilities in Iran.
The next year, Iranian news agencies published footage Iranian officials claimed they had obtained from the RQ-170, CNN reported. Iran denies any involvement.
"It's always on the table until we get this solved", the president said in response.
Iran said the USA drone was a "very risky provocation".
"The intelligence group created fake social media accounts using images of almost-naked women to attract naval officers to gather information on the ships", said James Lewis, a cyber-expert at the Washington, DC-based Center for Strategic and International Studies.
The Department of Homeland Security's agency tasked with infrastructure protection said in a statement Saturday that it was aware of a recent rise in cyber activities against the United States government by Iranian regime actors and proxies.
Yahoo News first reported the cyber attack.
In essence, the aim is to reduce Iran to a semi-colony, more under the boot of USA imperialism than even the US-backed dictatorship of the Shah, overthrown by a popular revolution 40 years ago.
Meanwhile, Etihad Airways has become the latest airline to announce it is suspending operations through Iranian airspace over the Straits of Hormuz and the Gulf of Oman.
Iran's IRGC said the drone's downing was a "clear message" to the USA that Iran's borders were "our red line".
Some worldwide airlines are now re-routing their flights.