US warns against Iranian 'threatening actions'

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The US State Department on Thursday warned Iran that any attacks against US interests would incur US response.
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The US State Department on Thursday warned Iran that any attacks against US interests would incur US response.

In a statement issued by the department, State Secretary Mike Pompeo accused Iran of engaging in "an escalating of threatening actions and statements in recent weeks."

"Tehran should understand that any attacks by them or their proxies of any identity against US interests or citizens will be answered with a swift and decisive US response," the statement threatened.

Pompeo on Thursday canceled his scheduled visit to Greenland due to the escalation of tensions with Iran, media reported, citing a state department official.

Over the recent weeks, Washington has ratcheted up pressure against Tehran with a series of sanctions, designations and military threats.

On Wednesday, also known as the one-year mark of US withdrawal from Iran nuclear deal, Washington slapped fresh sanctions on the iron, steel, aluminum and copper sectors of Iran, aiming to further deprive Tehran's export revenue.

On Sunday, the United States announced that it was deploying an aircraft carrier group and bombers to the Middle East, accusing Iran of posing a threat to Washington and its allies in the region.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif dismissed such accusations. "If US and clients don't feel safe, it's because they're despised by the people of the region -- blaming Iran won't reverse that," he tweeted Tuesday.

President Hassan Rouhani Wednesday announced Tehran's withdrawal from complying with the restrictions posed by the Iran nuclear deal on the country's enriched uranium reserves and heavy water supplies.

Rouhani also set a 60-day deadline for the remaining parties to the deal to fulfill their obligations, particularly in preserving Iran's interests in the areas of banking and oil.

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