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US President Donald Trump on Monday (June 24, 2018) signed an executive order imposing new sanctions on Iran amid growing tension between the two countries. Trump told reporters at the outset that the sanctions, which will target Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and his office, are in response to Tehran's downing of a US aircraft last week.

Tehran said the plane was flying in its airspace, which Washington denied. Trump later reported that the sanctions would have been imposed regardless of the incident of the plane.

"We are not asking for a conflict," Trump said as he signed the order in the Oval Office. "Based on Iran's response, the sanctions could be lifted tomorrow or could last for years to come."

The United States also blamed Iran for attacks earlier this month on two oil tankers at the entrance to the Gulf of Oman. Iran has denied responsibility.

Washington has repeatedly imposed sanctions on Tehran since last year when the United States pulled out of a nuclear deal with Iran in 2015 aimed at curbing Iran's nuclear program in return for sanctions. The administration of US President Donald Trump said that the agreement concluded under his predecessor Barack Obama does not do enough.

Trump said he would be willing to talk to Iranian leaders, but Tehran rejected such a offer unless Washington dropped sanctions.

Hd (Reuters, AFP)

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