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The Iranian Minister of Communications and Information Technology said on Monday (24 June 2019) that US cyber attacks on Iranian targets were not successful.

That came days after reports that the Pentagon had launched a long-planned electronic attack to disrupt rocket-launching systems in the country.

"They are trying hard, but they have not carried out any successful attack," Iranian Communications and Information Minister Mohammad Jawad Azeri Jahrami said in a tweet on Twitter. "I asked the media if the alleged cyber attacks against Iran were true … last year we neutralized 33 million attacks," he said.

Azeri Jahrami described the attacks on Iranian computer networks as "cyber terrorism," referring to Stetsnet, the first known example of a virus used to attack industrial machines that targeted Iranian nuclear facilities in November 2007.

It is widely believed that the United States and Israel are behind the development of Stuxnet and was discovered in 2010 after its use to attack a uranium enrichment facility in the Iranian city of Natanz.

Pompeo calls for "global alliance"

Amid mounting tensions with Iran, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Saudi Arabia on Monday morning for talks with Riyadh, a close ally of Washington. Pompeo is expected to meet King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Jeddah before heading to the UAE, US officials said.

Before leaving for Saudi Arabia and the UAE, Pompeo said on Sunday night: "There will be a whole host of new sanctions on Monday." He told reporters that the United States was seeking a "global coalition" ready to respond to what it called "the world's largest state sponsor of terrorism."

British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said on Monday that his country believed neither the United States nor Iran wanted a war, but was deeply concerned about the accidental outbreak of war.

"We are very concerned: we do not think any party wants a war, but we are concerned about slipping into an accidental war and doing our best to calm things down," Hunt told BBC radio. He said Britain was in close contact with the United States on "the very serious situation in the Gulf". "We are doing everything we can to calm the situation."

(Reuters, DPA, AFP)

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