The U.S. will continue its campaign to isolate Iran and put economic pressure on it, U.S. Special Representative Brian Hook told reporters Monday.
Hook has visited several Gulf countries in recent days to discuss the situation around Iran. “I confirmed during the meetings the seriousness of our course towards talks with Iran when the time is right,” he told reporters during a telephone briefing, saying that when Iran “demonstrates its readiness to speak, we will be ready. “Iran knows how to contact us. But until then, our campaign of diplomatic isolation and maximum economic pressure will intensify. The sanctions will be announced today,” he added.
Recently, the situation between the U.S. and Iran has deteriorated significantly. The U.S. authorities have imposed tough sanctions against key areas of Iran’s economy and continue to increase sanctions pressure. The stated goal of Washington is to “change the behavior” of the Islamic Republic. The U.S. has also declared the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC, part of Iran’s armed forces) a terrorist organization. In response, Iran recognized CENTCOM as a terrorist organization, and the U.S. itself as a “sponsor of terrorism.
On Monday, the U.S. plans to announce the introduction of a new package of sanctions against Iran after it hit an American drone. The new “substantial sanctions” were announced on Saturday by U.S. President Donald Trump. He did not specify what measures will be taken, but said that it is aimed at preventing the emergence of Iran’s nuclear weapons.
The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC, part of Iran’s armed forces) said June 20 that the Iranian military shot down an American drone in the southern part of the country after it violated Iran’s airspace. Later, the U.S. Central Command of the Armed Forces (CENTCOM) stated that Iran’s anti-aircraft missile system shot down a U.S. Navy drone over the Strait of Hormuz in international airspace.
The situation in the Persian Gulf is tense and extremely worrying, Russian President Dmitry Peskov, spokesman, said earlier. Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said that the danger of a conflict between the U.S. and Iran has not disappeared.