Following the attack on an oil tanker last week, the secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council accused the US of being a “savage monster” on Tuesday. In response to last week’s attack, the US has sent an additional 1,000 troops to the region as acting US Defence Secretary, Patrick Shanahan accused the Islamic Republic of being behind the attack. Although Iran has denied the allegations, the state has called on countries around the world to unite against the US and “break up” its dominance on the financial system.
Attacking the US, Ali Shamkhani said: “It is essential that the independent countries in the world adopt multilateral mechanisms and stand against this savage monster and stop it and break up the dominance of the U.S. over the world’s financial system.
“The US has destabilised the security of the international system through unilateralism and extra-terrestrial sanctions and has been using the financial and banking system as a weapon.”
Relations between the two countries turned sour following Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty last February.
The treaty was intended to limit the proliferation of nuclear weapons by both states but was cancelled after accusations from both countries of non-compliance.
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On Monday, however, tensions were increased even further when Iranian officials announced that Iran said its stockpile of low-enriched uranium would next week exceed levels set under the 2015 nuclear agreement.
Following that announcement, Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani said his country did not seek to wage war with any nation and had remained “loyal” to its international obligations.
Rouhani also added: “Iran will not wage war against any nation.
“Those facing us are a group of politicians with little experience.”
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Despite Rouhani’s attempts to calm tensions, Republican Senator Tom Cotton announced his desire for military strikes against Iran.
Mr Cotton said: “These unprovoked attacks on commercial shipping warrant a retaliatory military strike.
“We can make a military response in a time and a manner of our choosing,” the senator insisted.”
His statements follow as fellow Republic Congressman, Adam Kinzinger, boasted of the US’ ability to defeat Iran.
Mr Kinzinger added: “If push came to shove, I mean, the U.S. Navy would push, shove, stomp and destroy ’em in a heartbeat if we had to.”