United States launched cyber attacks on Iran after drone shootdown

Map of the location where a U.S. drone was shot down by Iran on Thursday and the location where the missile was launched provided by the Defense Department

Donald Trump 'not looking for war' with Iran but promises 'obliteration' if there is conflict

The United States and Saudi Arabia have blamed Iran for attacks on two oil tankers last week in the Gulf of Oman and on four tankers off the United Arab Emirates on May 12.

Bolton said existing sanctions against Tehran already are having a sharp effect on the Tehran economy.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi told Tasnim: "Regardless of any decision they (US officials) make. we will not allow any of Iran's borders to be violated".

Trump tamped down the threat of military action on Friday, when he called off retaliatory strikes at the last minute because the response was not "proportionate" to the drone's destruction over the Strait of Hormuz.

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The shooting down of the drone followed accusations by the U.S. that Iran had attacked two oil tankers with mines last Thursday just outside the Strait of Hormuz, in the Gulf of Oman. He said he had not been unduly influenced by his national security adviser, John Bolton, who advocated the war in Iraq.

On Sunday Bolton said: "We expect that the new sanctions President Trump referred to, in preparation for some weeks, will be announced publicly on Monday".

USCC attacked the spy group, which has ties to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, after Iran attacked ships in the region, the officials said.

The Iranian government has published on Saturday the alleged route followed by the United States drone that the Islamic Republic shot down this week to show that the aircraft was inside its airspace when it was intercepted.

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Iran said on Saturday it would respond firmly to any threat against it. "I just stopped it from going forward at this time!".

USA ally Israel, which has itself long threatened strikes against Iran's disputed nuclear program, signaled understanding for Trump's stance given his campaign of diplomatic pressure on Tehran.

Washington has imposed a series of measures against Tehran since Trump pulled out of a landmark nuclear accord between Iran and world powers past year.

Trump spoke to reporters as he prepared to depart Washington for the presidential retreat Camp David in Maryland, where he said he would be deliberating on Iran.

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Iran has increased its offensive cyberattacks against the USA government and critical infrastructure as tensions have grown between the two nations, cybersecurity firms say. The Trump administration has presented video evidence that seemingly implicates Tehran in the attacks, while Iran has denied having any role.

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