Iran official says the U.S.'s latest sanctions will 'permanently' close the 'road of diplomacy'

Mail Online | 6/17/2019 | Marlene Lenthang;Emily Goodin For;Associated Press
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Iran officials say that the United States' latest sanctions will end the 'channel of diplomacy' between the two nations forever.

Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi tweeted a warning to President Donald Trump on Tuesday in light of heightening tensions between Iran and the U.S.

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'Trump’s desperate administration is destroying the established international mechanisms for maintaining world peace and security,' the tweet said, according to Reuters.

Mousavi said the 'fruitless sanction on Iran's leadership and the chief of Iranian diplomacy mean the permanent closure of the road of diplomacy with the frustrated U.S. administration.'

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This comes amid heightened tensions between Iran and the U.S. over its unraveling nuclear deal and as Iran last week shot down a $100million U.S. Navy surveillance drone.

On Monday Trump signed an executive order with new 'hard-hitting' sanctions on Iran directly targeted at Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei after what he called a 'series of aggressive behaviors' by the regime.

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He said the ayatollah's own finances would now be in U.S. crosshairs as he stepped up the rhetoric against Iran, despite calling off U.S. airstrikes minutes before planes were due to take to the air on Thursday night.

'I'll be signing an executive order imposing hard-hitting sanctions on the supreme leader of Iran on the office of the supreme leader of Iran and many others. Today's action follows a series of aggressive behaviors by the Iranian regime in recent weeks, including shooting down of U.S. drones,' Trump said in the Oval Office on Monday.

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'We do not seek conflict with Iran or any other country,' he added.

'I think a lot of restraint has been shown by us – a lot of restraint – and that doesn't mean we're going...
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