Published: Mon, July 23, 2018
World | By Camille Rivera

Trump tells Rouhani to not threaten U.S. again

Trump tells Rouhani to not threaten U.S. again

US President Donald Trump has launched an extraordinary threat at Iran in a furious tweet declaring "you will suffer consequences the likes of which few have ever suffered before".

A high-ranking Iranian officer on Monday said US President Donald Trump's warning of unprecedented "consequences" for Iran, should it threaten the United States, is nothing but "psychological warfare".

President Rouhani threatened Mr Trump earlier today, warning that the "mother of all wars" would take place if the United States maintained its hostilities.

Rouhani's apparent threat earlier this month to disrupt oil shipments from neighbouring countries came in reaction to looming USA sanctions and efforts by Washington to force other countries to stop buying Iranian oil.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has promised the "strongest sanctions in history" against Iran in the wake of Trump's unnecessary shredding of the agreement.

"And the United States under President Trump will not stay silent either".

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The Trump administration has threatened to reimpose sanctions on Iran and the looming penalties could further escalate tensions between the US and its European allies who have expressed the desire to keep the terms of the nuclear deal.

The White House has also been reaching out to diaspora Iranians, many of whom fled the country following the Iranian Revolution of 1979. Addressing a crowd of Iranian Americans, Pompeo had said that the people of Iran had been living under a tyrannical rule since the last 40 years and the U.S. stands by their protest.

As Trump has done repeatedly, Pompeo blasted the Iran nuclear deal, saying it didn't make Iran more moderate, "it made them wolves in sheep's clothing".

The speech was the latest in a wave of USA criticism as the Trump administration seeks to marshal support for its plan to reimpose sanctions against Iran - and punish anyone who does business with it - in the weeks since the US pulled out of the 2015 accord to limit Iran's nuclear program in May.

During his address, Pompeo compared Iran's leaders to the mafia, while also declaring USA support for the people of Iran, especially protesters who have taken to the streets recently in opposition to the current regime.

Following the U.S. withdrawal that stunned even Washington's closest European allies, Pompeo on May 21 unveiled a "new strategy" meant to force Iran to yield to a dozen stringent demands or else face the "strongest sanctions in history".

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"What President Trump and Secretary Pompeo want is to exploit Iranian Americans and co-opt the Iranian people to provide legitimacy for the Trump administration's Iraq War redux for Iran", Abdi said.

Since Trump pulled out of the deal, other nations involved - Germany, Britain, France, Russia and China as well as the European Union - have reaffirmed their support for the deal and have been working to try and keep Iran on board.

Washington initially planned to totally shut Iran out of global oil markets after Trump abandoned the deal that limited Iran's nuclear ambitions, demanding all other countries to stop buying its crude by November.

Europe opposes the move and has vowed to find ways of maintaining its trade ties with Iran, which under the deal curbed its nuclear programme in exchange for a lifting of sanctions.

"Their efforts will fail again", he said.

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