Iran to US: Do Not Play with the Lion’s Tail

Larry Hoffman
July 24, 2018

In a tweet on late Sunday, Trump warned his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani that if Tehran threatened the U.S. again, it would suffer "consequences the likes of which few have ever suffered before".

Trump's tweet late on July 22, mainly in capital letters, followed a speech in which Secretary of State Mike Pompeo excoriated Iran's leadership, and came hours after Rohani warned Trump against pursuing hostile policies against Tehran. The tweet resembles a similar message he sent to nuclear power North Korea a year ago after that nation threatened us.

Iran's president also warned Trump against efforts to stop other countries from buying the Gulf nation's oil exports.

Trump in May withdrew the United States from the Iran nuclear deal, which eased sanctions on Iran in exchange for restraints on its nuclear weapons program.

On May 8, Trump unilaterally withdrew the USA 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).

Iran can defend itself, Rouhani said.

Wasting no time, President Trump responded to the Iranian threat via Twitter.

On Sunday, Rouhani addressed the US president at a gathering of Iranian diplomats. And Iranians have heard them -albeit more civilized ones-for 40 yrs.

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Top Cabinet officials have recently said countries could get sanctions relief on a case-by-case basis if they cannot entirely cut off purchases from Iran by November. But Iran's most powerful leader, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said on Saturday that negotiations with the United States would be a "mistake".

"Trump's statements against Iran are psychological warfare".

Trump called the comments "DEMENTED WORDS OF VIOLENCE & DEATH".

"To the regime, prosperity, security, and freedom for the Iranian people are acceptable casualties in the march to fulfill the Revolution", Pompeo said in remarks delivered at the Ronald Reagan National Library in Simi Valley, California.

U.S. ally Israel, another of Iran's arch-foes, has pursued a similar strategy after having been presented with intelligence revealing greater rifts between Iranian moderates and hardliners.

Following Washington's pullout from the Iran nuclear accord that stunned Washington's closest European allies, Pompeo on May 21 unveiled the "new strategy" to force Iran's submission to a dozen demands.

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