WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump has warned the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani that he will be faced with serious consequences for the threat to the United States.
Trump tweeted late on Sunday about the dangers of Iran making threats after Rouhani said Sunday, “American need to understand that peace with Iran is the mother of all peace and war with Iran is the mother of all wars.” Trump responded with a tweet, which warned: “NEVER a THREAT to THE UNITED STATES AGAIN, OR YOU WILL SUFFER THE CONSEQUENCES OF THOSE FEW throughout HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED.”
Within hours, Iranian state-owned news agency IRNA dismissed Trump’s tweet, describing it as a “passive response” Rouhani comments.
The agency, a government mouthpiece, also said Monday that Trump’s response was only imitating and copying the Iranian Minister of Foreign affairs Mohammad Javad Zarif who in the past had warned the West “never threaten an Iranian.”
Trump earlier this year pulled the United States out of the international deal meant to prevent Tehran from developing a nuclear weapon and ordered the increased Us sanctions.
Rouhani had warned Trump Sunday to stop “playing with the lion’s tail” and threatening Iran, “or else you’ll regret it.”
Trump has suggested Iranian leaders “are going to call me and say: ‘let’s make a deal”, but Iran has rejected calls.
Rouhani has previously lashed out at Trump for threatening to re-impose the sanctions, as well as to move the embassy to Jerusalem and the prohibition on travel to the U.S. of certain Muslim-majority countries.
Trump’s tweet suggested he has little patience with the trade of hostile messages, with Iran, with extremely strong language and the writing of an all-capitalized tweet.
“WE ARE NO LONGER A COUNTRY THAT STANDS FOR YOUR DEMENTED WORDS OF VIOLENCE AND DEATH. BE CAREFUL!,” he wrote.
Trump has a history of firing off heated tweets that seems to escalate long-term disputes with the leaders of the nations at odds with the US.
In the case of North Korea, the public war of words rapidly cooled and gradually led to the high profile top and denuclearisation talks.
There is little tangible progress in a global push to get rid of North Korea’s nuclear weapons program since the historic summit between the Trumpet and the North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un on June 12.
Secretary of state Mike Pompeo flew to Pyongyang for the follow-up talks earlier this month, but the two sides showed conflicting accounts of the conversations. After his two-day visit, Pompeo said that he was a substantive discussion about the next steps in the direction of the North of the denuclearization, but the North’s Ministry of Foreign affairs accused the u.s. of “gangster-like” asks for its unilateral disarmament.
Kim has made it clear that he wants a slow, step-by-step disarmament in exchange for corresponding concessions and rewards of the United States on each of the denuclearization steps. Some experts say Kim is the use of diplomacy as a way to win outside concessions, and a weakening of the US-led international sanctions.
On Sunday in California, the Secretary of state Pompeo was strong criticism of Iran.
He called the religious leaders of Iran “hypocritical holy men” who amassed huge amounts of wealth while their people suffer, part of a very critical broadside issued as the republic approached the 40th anniversary of the Islamic revolution and the U.S. are willing to reimpose the economic sanctions.
Pompeo talked about the increase of the media outreach to the Iranian people. He said that the AMERICAN Broadcast of the Board of Governors take new steps to help Iranians around the internet censorship and the launch of a new 24/7 Farsi-language channel on the television, radio, digital and social media formats, “so that ordinary Iranians in Iran and all over the world can know America stands with them.”
In the speech at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, Pompeo mat Iran the political, judicial and military leaders, to accuse of a number by the name of participating in widespread corruption. He also said that the government “heartlessly suppressed its own people for the rights, dignity and fundamental freedoms.”
He said despite the ill treatment of their leaders, “the proud Iranian people are not to remain silent about their government’s many abuses,” Pompeo said.
“And the United States under President Trump will not remain silent. In the light of these protests and the 40 years of regime tyranny, I have a message for the people of Iran: The United States hears you,” he said. “The United States supports. The United States is with you.”
Associated Press writers Nasser Karimi and Amir Vahdat in Tehran, Iran amd Hyung-jin Kim in Seoul, South Korea, contributed to this story.