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'Never, ever threaten the United States again' Trump tells Iran via Twitter

'Never, ever threaten the United States again' Trump tells Iran via Twitter

President Donald Trump escalated a war of words with Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani with a menacing tweet late Sunday.

"America must understand well that peace with Iran is the mother of all peace and war with Iran is the mother of all wars". United States troops in Syria, deployed in the name of fighting ISIS, have repeatedly targeted Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard forces supporting the regime of Bashar al-Assad, and Washington is providing vital logistical and tactical support for the Saudi monarchy's savage war in Yemen against the Iranian-supported Houthi.

To demonstrate his earlier remark that this isn't even the way to deal with hostile coworkers, the Late Show host read a note to the hypothetical yogurt-stealer in the style of Trump's tweet.

On Sunday in California, Secretary of State Pompeo was strongly critical of Iran.

He added: "While it is ultimately up to the Iranian people to determine the direction of their country, the United States, in the spirit of our own freedoms, will support the long-ignored voice of the Iranian people".

Trump is under pressure from USA lawmakers for taking too soft a line against Russian Federation in a summit last week with President Vladimir Putin.

He also ridiculed Trump's threat to stop Iranian oil exports, while saying Iran has a dominant position in the Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz, a major oil shipping waterway.

"The reality is he's such an erratic President that you could see him dropping bombs on Iran or you could see him trying to build hotels in Iran", said Karim Sadjadpour, an Iran expert at the Carnegie Endowment.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks during a press conference during his official visit in Bern Switzerland
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks during a press conference during his official visit in Bern Switzerland

The Iranian leadership was responding to the threat of USA sanctions after President Donald Trump in May pulled out of a multinational agreement to trade with Tehran in return for its commitment not to develop nuclear weapons.

Following the USA withdrawal from the Iran nuclear accord that stunned even Washington's closest European allies, Pompeo on May 21 unveiled a "new strategy" meant to force Iran to yield to a dozen stringent demands.

Trump's threat to Iran came hours after a speech by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo who denounced Iran's clerical leadership as a "mafia" and promised unspecified backing for Iranians unhappy with their government.

Pompeo said that the government has become a nightmare for the Iranian people.

Trump openly attacked the arrangement and swept it away despite warnings from France, China, Russia and Germany.

The Iranian rial plunged to a record low against the USA dollar on the unofficial market on Monday amid fears of a military confrontation.

While the United States has a substantial military presence in the region, a full-scale military confrontation with Iran would be a major, costly endeavor that could eclipse the USA war in Iraq.

There is little interest among United States lawmakers for a conflict with Iran.

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