Trump warns Iran to 'never, ever threaten' US or suffer consequences

Saul Bowman
July 25, 2018

"COLOR US UNIMPRESSED", Zarif wrote in English, mimicking Trump's caps-lock message.

Tensions resurfaced this week after Iranian president Hassan Rouhani warned the United States faces with "mother of all wars".

"Mr Trump, don't play with the lion's tail, this would only lead to regret", the state new agency IRNA quoted the leader as saying.

"People are wondering why the president would threaten them (Iran) with nuclear war, when he let (Russian President) Vladimir Putin practically run his fingers through his hair?"

Trump came into office vowing to take a hard line on Iran and scrap the Obama-negotiated nuclear deal of 2015, which he did in May. Iran is facing increased U.S. pressure and looming sanctions after Mr Trump's decision to pull out of the 2015 worldwide deal meant to prevent Tehran from developing nuclear weapons.

General Gholamhossein Gheybparvar, a senior Iran Revolutionary Guards officer and commander of the Basij paramilitary forces, responded to US President Donald Trump's tweet warning Iran to "never ever threaten" the United States Monday morning.

"Reckless Iran rhetoric creates risks - especially if words are unbacked by actionable strategy", Senator Richard Blumenthal said. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall.

In response Iran threatened to blockade the Strait of Hormuz, which handles around 20 per cent of the world's oil shipments. "You are not in a position to incite the Iranian nation against Iran's security and interests", he added. "In many ways the lack of trust is the enemy we now have to defeat", he said.

In reaction to Iran's threats, the USA military has renewed its pledge to secure free flow of oil from the strait. "We need to understand just what such a war would entail and what the consequences would be if it happened".

Asked at the White House if he had concerns about provoking Iran, Trump said simply, "None at all".

Trump called the comments "DEMENTED WORDS OF VIOLENCE & DEATH".

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is bitterly opposed to Iran, praised Mr. Trump's "strong stance".

"Major European banks and companies are already suspending their activities in Iran and more will follow suit once US sanctions are back".

"Regime leaders - especially those at the top of the IRGC and the Quds Force like Qasem Soleimani - must be made to feel painful consequences of their bad decision-making", said Mr. Pompeo, a long-time Iran hawk. He also said the government has "heartlessly repressed its own people's human rights, dignity and fundamental freedoms".

All other parties to the deal - Russia, Britain, France, Germany and China - have sought to keep the deal in effect, saying it is working as intended by preventing Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons for now.

While US ties with Iran and North Korea are different on several fronts, the words used by Trump to denigrate Tehran are similar in tone to those he directed a little more than a year ago at North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

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