Iran general warns Donald Trump: 'US will regret threatening Tehran'
24 July, 2018, 22:54 | Author: Angel Logan
Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif also took to Trump's favorite social media platform to say how unimpressed he was with USA threats, his statement only partially written in capital letters.
Javad Zarif tweeted: "COLOR US UNIMPRESSED: The world heard even harsher bluster a few months ago". In them, he said Iran's 40-year revolution had borne "bitter fruit".
The statement from President Rouhani that set off Trump was a clear threat to the United States.
US President Donald Trump withdrew in May from the 2015 nuclear accord created to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons.
In the almost all-caps tweet, Trump directly warned the Iranian president to "NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN", adding that any new ones would bring "CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE".
As CBS News correspondent Elizabeth Palmer reports, on Tuesday a spokesman for Iran's Foreign Ministry said there would be "equal countermeasures" if the USA pushes ahead with attempts to block Iranian oil exports. "President Trump told me that if Iran does anything at all to the negative, they will pay a price like few countries have ever paid before", he said. "Iran is angry since Trump responded to Tehran's engagement diplomacy by pulling the US out of the nuclear deal", Iranian lawmaker Heshmatollah Falahatpisheh told the AP.
"Could it be that Trump is trying to use Iran to distract us from whatever he's up to with Russian Federation?" he added.
Hours after Rouhani attacked USA policies, Trump's response led to questions about what sort of repercussions the American leader might be considering.
"This seems to be a little out of character and really a little alarming for many people", said Francona, a former US Air Force intelligence officer who worked in the Middle East and retired as a lieutenant colonel. So the only way he figures that he's going to get reelected - as sure as you're sitting there - is to start a war with Iran.
While Washington prepares to reimpose economic sanctions on Tehran after pulling out of the nuclear deal, Iran's faction-ridden religious and political elites have closed ranks against Trump's hawkish approach to Tehran.
Asked on Monday whether he had concerns about provoking Iran, Mr. Trump said, "None at all".
While Trump's "tough stand" was hailed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, it also provoked an avalanche of questions about its exact meaning and impact.
Trump came into office vowing to take a hard line on Iran and scrap the Obama-negotiated nuclear deal of 2015, a promise he fulfilled in May.
Potentially that would escalate the very situation the nuclear deal sought to avoid - an Iran with a stockpile of enriched uranium that could lead to making atomic bombs.
"If America wants to take a serious step in this direction it will definitely be met with a reaction and equal countermeasures from Iran", foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi said according to Iran's state-run news agency IRNA. "It was just some rhetoric, whereas Vladimir Putin is actually attacking the United States as we know from [Trump's] own Director of National Intelligence, and Trump has nothing to say about that".
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But he said the Iranian "people and the armed forces will stand up against our enemies and will not come up short". Germany is calling for restraint amid escalating rhetoric between the leaders of Iran and the United States.
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