The United States has decided to respond with the threat of new sanctions and alleged cyber attacks on Iran, amid the increasingly tense bilateral relationship following the aggression against two ships in the Strait of Hormuz and the downing of an unmanned aerial vehicle at a point where the two countries have differed.

The American vice-president, Mike Pence, confirmed this Sunday that Donald Trump will announce today “additional sanctions against Iran”, although he did not go into greater detail. He was emphatic in warning that Washington will not allow Iran to have nuclear weapons.

The possibility of new sanctions, anticipated by Trump himself this Saturday, threatens to put more tension on the relationship between the two countries, which began its decline last year after Washington withdrew from the nuclear agreement with Tehran. After abandoning the 2015 nuclear pact, which was also signed by Russia, China, France, the United Kingdom and Germany and which is very weakened, the United States imposed sanctions on the Persian country and in April the Trump Administration decided not to renew the exemptions for the purchase of Iranian oil.

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