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According to news reports the U.S. averted going to war with Iran after Donald Trump called off a mission to bomb a facility at the last moment. There is still much speculation about what really changed his mind.

The incident that prompted the aborted response from the US: Iran shot down an unmanned military drone which the US claims was over international waters. Iran says the drone was in their air space.

Tensions have arisen between the two countries after attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf last week. Iran denies they were responsible, but the US claims otherwise.

On Monday new sanctions that will deny Iran access to financial resources were put into place by Trump.

Iran said Tuesday the latest sanctions were outrageous and they spell permanent closure of diplomatic relations.

The US maintains an open door to negotiations.

 

 

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