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US SPOOKS have carried out a cyber attack on Iran targeting the country’s “propaganda machine,” according to Pentagon officials who spoke on condition of anonymity.
The officials said the attack had hit physical hardware in the wake of the September 14 drone strikes on Saudi Arabian oilfields, but did not give any more details.
It was an attempt to stop Iran’s communication network, according to the operatives, with Washington aiming to stop Tehran from putting out information denying responsibility for the attack.
Pentagon spokeswoman Elissa Smith said: “As a matter of policy and for operational security, we do not discuss cyberspace operations, intelligence or planning.”
Tehran dismissed the claim as fantasy, with Minister of Communications and Information Technology Mohammad Javad Azari-Jahromi saying: “They must have dreamt it.”
The United States, Saudi Arabia, Britain, France and Germany have publicly blamed the September 14 attack on Iran, but Tehran denied involvement. Houthi fighters in Yemen claimed responsibility.
On Monday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani ruled out bilateral talks unless Washington returns to the landmark nuclear deal between the Islamic Republic and major world powers and lifts crippling economic sanctions.
“I have clearly said to the leaders of the European countries that if we can assure ourselves that it’s a meeting with the 5+1 group [of signatories to the agreement] and not an electoral meeting for [US President Donald] Trump, I will meet,” Mr Rouhani said.
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