Iran Executes Ex-Defense Ministry Employee for Spying for CIA

The alleged spy was a former member of the unit that shot down the US drone earlier this week

The alleged spy was a former member of the unit that shot down the US drone earlier this week Credit ATTA KENARE AFP

Iran had on Thursday shot down an unmanned US surveillance drone with a surface-to-air missile, prompting US President Donald Trump to order a retaliatory strike against Iran.

"The Islamic Republic has never and will never start any wars", Shekarchi added, stressing that "if the enemy commits the smallest of mistakes, it will face the biggest revolutionary reaction from Iran in Central and West Asia, and it will certainly not survive the battle".

The UAE is a stop on a regional tour created to increase coordination with Washington's regional allies as tensions continue to simmer.

U.S. strikes were planned on three sites in response to the shooting down of the unmanned drone.

EVIL Iranian lawmakers chanted "Death to America" during a parliament session today after a speaker accused the United States of being the "real world terrorist", amid escalating tension with Washington following the downing of an unmanned USA drone off the Iranian coast.

The United States launched cyber attacks against Iranian missile control systems and a spy network after Tehran downed an American surveillance drone, according to U.S. media reports.

"We are putting additional sanctions on Iran", Trump said. "In some cases we are going slowly, but in other cases we are moving rapidly".

Iranian military and political officials have repeatedly warned the White House rulers against the dire consequences of a military action against the Islamic Republic.

Officials said Trump had initially approved attacks on several Iranian targets, including radar and missile batteries, The New York Times reported.

"We will continue to work with our Gulf partners on the many aspects of our new foreign policy against Iran", he said.

The IRNA report comes after days of heightened tensions between the United States and Iran. Mr Hook said the landmark agreement signed with world powers had encouraged Iran to further pursue a "violent and expansionist foreign policy".

"Iran will firmly confront any aggression or threat by America", spokesman Abbas Mousavi told the semiofficial Tasnim news agency on Saturday.

Iran has increased its offensive cyberattacks against the US government and critical infrastructure as tensions have grown between the two nations, cybersecurity firms say.

The map also showed two yellow squares on the flight path of the drone which, according to the map, indicate Iranian radio warnings sent to the drone. Trump had said that he stopped the United States strikes after he was informed that 150 people will die in the attack.

"Our diplomacy does not give Iran the right to respond with military force", Hook said in the Saudi capital, Riyadh.

Iran's foreign ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi retorted that USA "diplomacy" towards Tehran was "years of #EconomicTerrorism & war, and violating commitments".

The officials say defense officials had prepared such a cyber response as a contingency plan for weeks preceding the attack.

Iran's state broadcaster IRIB reported on June 22 that Jalal Hajizavar, a former contractor at the aerospace division of the Defense Ministry, was convicted by a military court after a yearslong investigation.

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