Trump tweets as USA ramps up pressure on Iran

President Trump late Sunday tweeted out to Iranian President Rouhani to never threaten the US again or face historic consequences.

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

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised the US president's "strong stance" after years in which the Iranian "regime was pampered by world powers". "BE CAUTIOUS!" he tweeted. Reuters also said, "the [Trump] campaign paints Iranian leaders in a harsh light, at times using information that is exaggerated or contradicts other official pronouncements, including comments by previous administrations."Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Sunday gave a speech at the Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley, California where he condemned the Iranian leadership".

The president earlier this year pulled the United States out of the worldwide deal meant to prevent Tehran from developing a nuclear weapon and ordered increased American sanctions.

This article was updated to include an infographic from Statista.

Trump has suggested that because of Iran's poor economy and what he has characterized as its increasing isolation, Iranian leaders are "going to call me and say 'Let's make a deal'".

Within hours, Iran's state-owned news agency IRNA dismissed Mr Trump's tweet, describing it as a "passive reaction" to Mr Rouhani's remarks.

Pompeo accused Iran of corruption and mismanagement at the highest levels and said the country had backed terrorist attacks in Europe even as it tried to reassure European Union members that Iran will follow restrictions in their nuclear agreement.

In his latest salvo, Trump tweeted late on Sunday that hostile threats from Iran could bring dire consequences.

"The United States condemns the oppression levied on the Iranian people by those who rule unjustly", he said.

U.S. President Donald Trump participates in a cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington, U.S., July 18, 2018.

Leilaz told The Associated Press he was not "worried about the remarks and tweets", and that "neither Iran, nor any other country is interested in escalating tensions in the region". Pompeo denounced Rouhani and Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, Iran's chief nuclear deal negotiator.

"The level of corruption welcomed under Iranian leaders shows that Iran is welcome under something that resembles the mafia more than the government", said Pompeo.

In June, the citizens expressed anger at the Iranian regime's intervention in foreign conflicts throughout the Middle East in which money has been funneled towards the backing of terrorist groups.

Trump's National Security Council pushed back with a statement saying: "Our differences are with the Iranian regime's actions and, in particular, with the actions of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, not the Iranian people".

"The idea that problems can be resolved through negotiations or relations with the United States is a major error", he added.

  • Tracy Klein