US protests sea lanes for other countries for zero compensation, we don’t even need to be there: Trump

WION Web Team Washington, District of Columbia, United States of America Jun 24, 2019, 06.25 PM(IST)

Strait of Hormuz incident: Two oil tankers 'attacked', US blames Iran Photograph:( Agencies )

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As the US imposed a number of new sanctions, Iran said US cyber attacks on its military had failed.

Amid the US-Iran crisis, President Trump in a tweet said America protests "the shipping lanes for other countries (many years) for zero compensation" while asserting that it does so for "zero compensation"

"China gets 91% of its Oil from the Strait, Japan 62%, & many other countries likewise. All of these countries should be protecting their own ships on what has always been a dangerous journey," Trump said in a tweet.

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"We don’t even need to be there in that the US has just become (by far) the largest producer of energy anywhere in the world!"

The US request for Iran is very simple - no nuclear weapons and no further sponsoring of terror!" he said.

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As tensions in the region racheted up, US secretary of state Mike Pompeo met Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz as they discueed heightened tensions in the region after Iran brought down a US surveillance drone.

"Freedom of navigation is tantamount," he said in a tweet after meeting King Salman bin Abdulaziz.

Meanwhile, Iran hinted on Monday that it could be willing to discuss new concessions with Washington if the United States were to lift sanctions and offer new incentives.

"We welcome any reduction of tension, we do not want an increase in the tension and the problems after that," Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Seyyed Abbas Mousavi said.

"Is there any sanction left for America to impose that has not been imposed on us recently or in the last 40 years? And is there anything they have gained from this?," Mousavi asked.

As the US imposed a number of new sanctions, Iran said US cyber attacks on its military had failed after the US media reported last weekend that the United States launched cyber attacks disabling Iran's rocket launch systems.

Iran's foreign ministry spokesman, Abbas Mousavi, was quoted by ISNA news agency as saying on Monday that Tehran did not "want a rise of tensions and its consequences".