(Persia Digest) - The Guardian writes that President Donald Trump has threatened Iran will “suffer the consequences the likes of which few throughout history have ever suffered before” in a late night tweet all in capital letters that threatened to further imperil relations between the United States and the Iranian government.
The post, sent at 11:24 pm ET on Sunday night, came after Iranian president Hassan Rouhani warned the US earlier in the day about pursuing hostile policy against his government, suggesting that “war with Iran is the mother of all wars”. Rouhani had also not ruled out peace, according to comments reported by the Iranian state news agency, IRNA.
Trump, who returned to the White House on Sunday evening after spending the weekend at his golf course in Bedminster, New Jersey, addressed his Tweet directly to Rouhani, warning the president to “NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN”.
The message continued: “WE ARE NO LONGER A COUNTRY THAT WILL STAND FOR YOUR DEMENTED WORDS OF VIOLENCE & DEATH. BE CAUTIOUS!”
Trump, who is still reeling from domestic criticism over his handling of a summit with Russian president Vladimir Putin and the continued fallout of the ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, withdrew the US from the Iran nuclear deal earlier in the year. The move unraveled a signature foreign policy achievement of the Obama administration and threatened to destabilize Iran’s denuclearisation program.
On Sunday, president Rouhani had addressed Trump directly during his reported remarks: “Mr Trump, don’t play with the lion’s tail, this would only lead to regret.”
He went on: “America should know that peace with Iran is the mother of all peace, and war with Iran is the mother of all wars.”
Earlier, Mike Pompeo, the US secretary of state, called Iran’s ruling elite a “mafia” who have amassed vast sums of wealth while allowing their people to suffer.
As the US prepares to reimpose economic sanctions on Tehran after withdrawing from the Iran deal, Pompeo said the country’s religious leaders were “hypocritical holy men”.
“Sometimes it seems the world has become desensitised to the regime’s authoritarianism at home and its campaigns of violence abroad, but the proud Iranian people are not staying silent about their government’s many abuses,” Pompeo said in prepared remarks for a speech at the Ronald Reagan presidential library and museum in California.
“And the United States under President Trump will not stay silent either. In light of these protests and 40 years of regime tyranny, I have a message for the people of Iran: the United States hears you. The United States supports you. The United States is with you,” he said.Pompeo castigated Iran’s political, judicial and military leaders, too, accusing several by name of participating in widespread corruption. He also said the government has “heartlessly repressed its own people’s human rights, dignity and fundamental freedoms”.
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