The US and Iran were recently on the verge of armed conflict after Tehran downed an American drone that had allegedly violated its airspace. US President Donald Trump stopped the planned retaliatory strike, but Washington unleashed new sanctions against Iran, continuing its efforts to put pressure on the country.
US Vice President Mike Pence stated in a speech to the advocacy group Christians United for Israel on 8 July that Washington doesn’t seek war with Iran, reiterating earlier US statements claiming that the country wants to hold negotiations with Tehran.
At the same time, he noted that the US won’t “back down” from its efforts to prevent the country from obtaining nuclear weapons, something that Tehran itself repeatedly ruled out doing. Pence further said that although the US is hoping to reach a peaceful resolution to its disagreements with Iran, the American military will be ready if Washington’s personnel or interests in the region are threatened by the Islamic Republic.
“Iran should not confuse American restraint with a lack of American resolve […] We will continue to oppose Iran’s malign influence, we will continue to bring pressure on their economy and […] will never allow Iran to obtain a nuclear weapon”, Pence said.
Pence slammed as “disastrous” the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, also known as the Iran nuclear deal, which was signed in 2015 and limited the Islamic Republic’s nuclear programme in…