White House blames Iran for war of words with Trump

Saul Bowman
July 26, 2018

On Monday, Trump trained his social media ire on Iran, prompting observers to wonder whether the president is seeking a confrontation with Iran or trying to change the subject politically.

"For 40 years the Iranian people have heard from their own government that America is the Great Satan".

Mr Trump earlier this year pulled the United States out of the worldwide deal meant to prevent Tehran from developing a nuclear weapon and ordered increased American sanctions, as well as threatening penalties for companies from other countries that continue to do business with Iran.

US President Donald Trump warns Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani not to threaten the United States "or you will suffer consequences".

The former deputy of Basra governorate, Wael Abdul Latif, said about that new phenomenon on the political scene in Iraq: "Burning the image of Khomeini and Khamenei, attacking the parties' headquarters, political forces and armed factions clearly indicates the huge popular rejection of Iranian influence in Iraq in general", as quoted by Al Hurra US channel.

In Tehran, Rouhani questioned whether the USA can embrace Iran's people while fighting its government, saying, "There were no times in the past like today that we are witnessing the White House acting against the global law, Islamic World and Palestinian people".

Speaking before an Iranian-American group in California, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo criticized Iran's leaders for oppressing its people and ignoring their needs.

With the economic pressure, Trump said earlier this month that "at a certain point they're going to call me and say 'let's make a deal, ' and we'll make a deal".

Tehran is already aware of what is coming from the administration as consequences of Trump's May withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear accord take shape.

The White House says President Donald Trump's threatening tweet shows he's not going to tolerate critical rhetoric from Iran, but claims the US leader isn't escalating tensions between the two countries. Pompeo denounced Rouhani and Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, Iran's chief nuclear deal negotiator. "We will not stay silent either".

"As I have previously said, we can not trust in the words of the United States and even in their signature, so negotiations with the United States are useless", Khamenei told a gathering of Iranian diplomats in Tehran.

In the case of North Korea, the public war of words cooled quickly and gradually led to the high profile summit and denuclearization talks.

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