Iran dismisses angry Trump warning against threatening U.S.

Marsha Scott
July 24, 2018

The late-night missive from Trump was in response to earlier remarks from Iran's president, Hassan Rouhani, in which he said that war with Iran would be "the mother of all wars".

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in a speech before Iranian-Americans in California, attacked Iran's rulers, calling them a "mafia". The other signatories to the deal - China, France, Germany, European Union, Iran, Russia, United Kingdom - have vowed to stand by it.

On May 8, Trump unilaterally withdrew the U.S. from a 2015 multilateral nuclear deal with Iran over the objections of Europe as well as Russian Federation and China - the other parties to the deal, which is officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

The head of Iran's Basij militia on Monday dismissed Trump's threats as "psychological warfare", local media reported.

A commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guards reacted to Trump's threats by saying his country would continue to resist its enemies.

She said that Trump has been "very clear about what he's not going to allow to take place".

"Today, there is not a shred of doubt that America's rulers fiercely oppose the Palestinian nation", he said, pointing to the USA relocation of its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem despite global condemnation.

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US officials say the Trump administration wants to pressure Iran to end its nuclear program and its support of militant groups.

"America should know that peace with Iran is the mother of all peace, and war with Iran is the mother of all wars", Rouhani said, leaving open the possibility of peace between the two countries, at odds since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

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. Trump's administration is now engaged in an effort to get other nations to join in the renewed sanctions.

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

Mr Trump alleged that the deal did not restrict Iran's "destabilising activities" in the region enough, and could not detect or prevent any breaking of the terms of the deal. That agreement, which was negotiated by the Obama administration, curbed elements of Iran's atomic energy program that raised proliferation concerns in exchange for an end to restrictions on Iran's oil exports and banking system.

"This seems to be a little out of character and really a little alarming for many people", Francona said. "Even Trump's caps lock can decrease the value of the rial", said an Iranian Twitter user using the handle @potanciel.

Mr. Trump continues to call the investigation into Russian interference as a "big hoax" after spending a week clarifying his messaging after his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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