Iran president warns Donald Trump of ‘mother of all wars’

Larry Hoffman
July 23, 2018

Trump's tweet, which was sent around 11:30pm Washington time, came after Rouhani said America "must understand that war with Iran is the mother of all wars and peace with Iran is the mother of all peace", according to Iranian state media reports.

"The United States under President Trump will not stay silent", he said.

The Trump administration in late June threatened sanctions on countries that purchase oil from Iran.

Rouhani also suggested Iran could immediately ramp up its production of uranium in response to US pressure.

As Trump has done repeatedly, Pompeo blasted the Iran nuclear deal, saying it didn't make Iran more moderate, "it made them wolves in sheep's clothing".

Pompeo also referred to Trump's withdrawal from the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement in May, saying it had freed the USA to re-impose financial sanctions on the country and on those doing business with Tehran.

The offensive is meant to work in concert with severe economic sanctions that Washington plans to reimpose in the coming months, including the restrictions on oil exports.

"The average Iranian today is struggling to afford basics like water, bread, and eggs", Brian Hook, who is leading negotiations with USA allies on a new Iran strategy, said earlier this month.

Pompeo's remarks were aimed in part at Iranian-Americans and Iranians living in the US He assured them that the Trump administration shared their dreams for the people of Iran.

US President Donald Trump has launched a blistering all-capitals attack on Iran via Twitter.

Iranians on Monday shrugged off the possibility that a bellicose exchange of words between President Donald Trump and his Iranian counterpart could escalate into military conflict, but expressed growing concern America's stepped-up sanctions could damage their fragile economy.

Iranian officials, including Rouhani, have traversed the globe on a diplomatic mission to save the nuclear deal after Washington withdrew from the agreement in May.

The commander of Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guards has told Rouhani that he supports closing the strait if necessary, in response to the US oil sanctions, which are due to kick in at the start of November.

The United States will work with countries that import Iranian oil "to get imports as close to zero as possible" by November 4, Pompeo said.

But in a split with European allies, Trump said in May that the deal was a disaster and chose to leave the pact. The audience included Iranian-Americans, Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton - a leading Iran critic in Congress - and former California Governor Pete Wilson.

"Their efforts will fail again", Reuters quoted the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, as saying.

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