The president of Iran promised on Wednesday to shoot more American drones in the midst of towering tensions around the Persian Gulf.
Hassan Rouhani said that if more American drones violate Iranian airspace & # 39; they will get the same answer & # 39; if it was blown out of the sky last month, and President Trump was almost inciting to launch air strikes in retaliation.
The US has always denied that their aircraft was in Iranian airspace and accused Tehran of shooting it over international waters in a & # 39; unprovoked & # 39; attack.
Rouhani also denied that the US had shot two drones of the Revolutionary Guard in the Strait of Hormuz last week, not one as originally claimed.
Tensions reach the boiling point in the Gulf while the Trump government tries to use oil sanctions to force Tehran to push back on its alleged nuclear ambitions.
Meanwhile, Tehran & # 39; s media mocked with Boris Johnson on the day he became the British Prime Minister and took over negotiations to secure the release of an oil tanker under the British flag that was captured in the Strait of Hormuz last week.
The Iranian media mocked Boris Johnson on the day he entered Downing Street as Britain's new prime minister, and compared him to Trump's bulter
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani vowed to shoot even more American drones that violate the airspace of his country after an American plane was shot from the sky last month
Johnson & # 39; s ascent to power received general front page coverage in the Gulf nation, where he was presented as a hardliner that will imitate President Trump.
One of Mr Johnson's first duties as Prime Minister is to spread tensions with Iran and to secure the release of the British oil tanker Stena Impero that was confiscated last week by Revolutionary Guards boats.
Relations have steadily deteriorated in the Gulf since Trump broke off a nuclear deal signed under Obama, and have escalated rapidly since May 12 when four tankers were attacked near the Gulf.
That was followed by attacks on two more tankers that the US and the UK gave directly to Iran before Tehran shot an American drone from the sky.
Last week, America claimed to have removed an Iranian drone using signal-disrupting technology – before a general later said two drones were being shut down and possibly more affected.
Iran has strongly denied that all drones have been shot down and has overtaken the US by suggesting that it accidentally shot down one of its own planes.
President Hassan Rouhani also spoke on Wednesday to assure Mr. Johnson that if Britain releases the Iranian tanker, he has confiscated Gibraltar, Iran a & # 39; positive answer & # 39; will give.
Iranian newspapers also showed that Boris cast a shadow in the shape of Trump (above), and the American president tapped him on the shoulder (bottom left), under the heading & imitating Trump & # 39;
However, it is unlikely that the UK will take such measures without Tehran's assurance that the tanker will not go to Syria in violation of EU sanctions – which the regime has so far refused to give.
Rouhani said that & # 39; Iran is ready to negotiate, but not as negotiation means surrender & # 39; before adding that the seizure of the tanker & # 39; powerful, accurate and professional & # 39; used to be.
& # 39; If Britain takes distance from the wrong actions in Gibraltar, they will receive an appropriate response from Iran & # 39 ;, he added.
Elsewhere, a senior assistant to Iran's top leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, said a mediator was sent to Iran to discuss the tanker and negotiate the release.
However, this was denied by the British Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Another Iranian newspaper posted a photo of Boris on the front page with an editorial that predicted he would not last long
The Stena Impero – which is under the British flag but in Swedish hands – was stopped by Iranian ships last Friday and taken to the port of Bandar Abbas, where it is now under surveillance.
The crew, consisting of 18 Indians, three Russians, one Latvian and one Filipino, is kept aboard the ship, but is & # 39; healthy & # 39 ;, said the owners of Stena.
The ultra-conservative newspaper Resaalat, who published a cartoon of Johnson under the guise of a British butler, who was beaten by Trump at his desk in the Oval Office, was underlined by the tough fight Johnson will face during the negotiations .
& # 39; B team now has five members, & # 39; said it, following a term that Foreign Minister Javad Zarif regularly uses for senior US officials and his allies who share a hard line about Iran.
One of Mr. Johnson's first duties will be the release of British oil tanker Stena Impero seized by Iran in the Strait of Hormuz last week
Iran has said it is willing to negotiate the release of the Stena, but only if Britain releases its tanker that was confiscated last month at Gibraltar
& # 39; British Trump & # 39 ;, read the flag of the reformist Sazandegi, about a full-page photo of Johnson celebrating his victory.
The conservative Jaam-e Jam published a photo edited to make Johnson cast a shadow in the shape of Trump's profile on a wall behind him, titled & # 39; Mimicking Trump & # 39 ;.
The headline of the reformist Etemaad was & # 39; Chosen by hardliners & # 39 ;, with an editorial that predicted Johnson & # 39; s tenure that would be short-lived.
The unfolding crisis with Iran, along with Brexit, will be one of the most urgent tasks Johnson faces when he takes over.
The flare-up is in the midst of increasing hostilities between Iran and the United States, after Trump withdrew from the 2015 agreement aimed at limiting Tehran's nuclear program and began reintroducing sanctions.
Tensions with Iran have increased since the US renounced a nuclear deal last year, but events have escalated rapidly since four tankers were attacked on May 12
The US denies that its drone wandered into Iranian airspace and says it was shot in an & # 39; unprovoked attack & # 39 ;. President Trump ordered air strikes against Iran as retribution, but canceled them at the last minute
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