'Never, ever threaten the USA again': Trump to Iran

'Never, ever threaten the USA again': Trump to Iran

'Never, ever threaten the USA again': Trump to Iran

The leaders of the US and Iran, presidents Donald Trump and Hassan Rouhani, have started openly threatening one another, in an escalation of the tensions between the two countries.

Despite some mixed messages from senior State Department officials in recent weeks, Pompeo made clear that pressure campaign includes dropping Iranian oil imports to "as close to zero as possible by November 4" when US sanctions snap back into place.

In his message directed at Rouhani, Trump wrote: "Never, ever threaten the United States again or you will suffer consequences the likes of which few throughout history have ever suffered before".

Mr Rouhani warned Mr Trump to stop "playing with the lion's tail" and threatening Iran, "or else you will regret it".

Rouhani cautioned Trump yesterday about pursuing hostile policies against Tehran.

"Criticism of the corruption of the Iranian government is not only often times accurate but also something that a lot of Iranians would agree with", Parsi told Al Jazeera. The Trump administration in late June threatened sanctions on countries that purchase oil from Iran.

He said the U.S. Broadcasting Board of Governors is taking steps to circumvent internet censorship in Iran, and creating a round-the-clock Farsi channel across television, radio, digital and social media formats, "so that ordinary Iranians inside Iran and around the globe will know that America stands with them".

Iran insists its nuclear programme is entirely peaceful, and its compliance with the deal has been verified by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which has said Iran is honouring its commitments.

The offensive is meant to work in concert with severe economic sanctions that Washington plans to reimpose in the coming months, including on Tehran's oil exports, its principal revenue generator.

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On Sunday in California, Pompeo was strongly critical of Iran, calling its religious leaders "hypocritical holy men" who amassed vast sums of wealth while allowing their people to suffer.

Iran has threatened to block oil shipments from the Strait of Hormuz in the Gulf if countries heed US calls to stop buying Iranian oil under USA pressure.

Gheibparvar said the Iranian people and Armed Forces will stand up to the enemies, and will not back down, adding "our belief is that the way to felicity and progress is to resist and withstand ill-wishers and enemies".

Hours before Trump took to Twitter to blast Iran, the Secretary of State Mike Pompeo used an address at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Center for Public Affairs to criticize Iran.

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

Many of the Iranian Americans in the audience either fled or are descendants of those who fled the country after the Islamic Revolution toppled the shah in 1979.

"The decision for regime change is one that should come from the people of Iran, and they will decide to do this, whether it comes sooner or later". Iranian leaders reject United States claims about developing nuclear weapons and supporting terrorism.

Germany is calling for restraint amid escalating rhetoric between the leaders of Iran and the United States.

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