Iranian leaders on Sunday warned the United States against “wrong behaviors” but made no mention of reports that Iranian military computers were the target of a U.S. cyberattack after a surveillance drone was shot down by the Iranian military.
“We have not been seeking war, but we will powerfully defend the interests of the honorable nation of Iran against any kind of threat and aggression,” Major General Gholam Ali Rashid said in an address to Islamic Revolution Guard commanders. “In the event of any conflict in the region, its scope and timing could not be managed by any country.”
Iran says it shot down the drone over its coast. The Pentagon, however, said the incident played out Thursday in international waters over the Strait of Hormuz. Trump said he canceled a retaliation strike minutes before it was to take place after military leaders told him about the potential for 150 Iranian deaths.
However, Trump secretly authorized U.S. Cyber Command to carry out a retaliatory cyber attack that disabled Revolutionary Guard systems that control rocket and missile launches, several officials told the Associated Press. All spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the operation.
The cyberattack was in retaliation for the drone and for recent attacks on oil tankers in the region, according to reports.
Iran has denied involvement in the oil tanker attacks.
The Pentagon declined to confirm the cyberattack reports: “As a matter of policy and for operational security, we do not discuss cyberspace operations, intelligence or planning,” spokeswoman Heather Babb said in a statement.
Trump said he will announce additional economic sanctions against the Islamic republic. The president said Iran’s economy is already in a shambles because of sanctions already in place.
But he also said he was willing to negotiate with Iran without conditions.
“We are putting major additional sanctions on Iran on Monday,” Trump tweeted. “I look forward to the day that sanctions come off Iran, and they become a productive and prosperous nation again. The sooner the better!”https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2019/06/23/iran-drone-us-iran-mum-reports-us-cyberattack-iran/1540393001/