Published: Mon, July 23, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

'Never, ever threaten the United States again': Trump lashes out at Iran

'Never, ever threaten the United States again': Trump lashes out at Iran

President Donald Trump on Sunday hit back at bellicose comments by Iran's president, warning him of consequences "the likes of which few throughout history have ever suffered", as the U.S. intensifies its campaign against the Islamic republic.

Trump, who wrote the entire message in capital words expressing the intensity, warned Iran of consequences "the likes of which few throughout history have ever suffered", if it threatens the US.

Iran's president has warned Donald Trump against provoking the country, telling the United States leader that "war with Iran is the mother of all wars".

Pompeo and United States national security adviser, John Bolton, have used combative rhetoric against Iran since Trump withdrew on May 8 from the 2015 deal to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons.

"Anyone who understands the rudiments of politics doesn't say "we will stop Iran's oil exports".we have been the guarantor of the regional waterway's security throughout history", Rouhani said, Reuters reported. Neoconservatives have more or less openly argued that it is in America's best interests to go to war with Iran since at least the beginning of George W. Bush's presidency.

Gen. Gholam Hossein Gheibparvar, the chief of the paramilitary Revolutionary Guard's volunteer Basij force, claimed Trump "won't dare" take any military action against Iran. "The United States is with you", he said.

In a separate development on Sunday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the Iranian regime "resembles the mafia more than a government". Nor is it clear exactly what Trump would want out of a revised Iranian nuclear deal.

Pompeo said the Iranian economy is "going great", but only for the elite, accusing the ayatollahs and senior leaders of lining their pockets to the tune of billions of dollars while a third of Iranians live in poverty.

"To our Iranian American and Iranian friends", Pompeo said, "tonight I tell you that the Trump administration dreams the same dreams for the people of Iran as you do, and through our labors and God's providence, that day will come true".

Trita Parsi, founder and president of the lobby group National Iranian American Council, said Pompeo's tough talk could fuel grievances, destabilise Iran and set Tehran and Washington on a collision course.

The context is the tussle over the future of Iran's oil exports. It might have been nothing more than a cynical attempt to placate hawkish elements within his party, who, though obliged to defend his conduct in Helsinki, are not used to having to argue for the virtues of mollifying foreign leaders with whom the United States is at odds.

"The regime in Iran has been a nightmare for the Iranian people", he said. But it also has said it is continuing to acquire uranium since the US pullout and is close to finishing a plant where it can build more centrifuges to enrich it.

Several members of the Trump administration and Trump's circle have been outspoken hawks on Iran.

The 2015 agreement was in response to fears that Iran was developing a nuclear bomb.

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