Iran's FM Javad Zarif tweets back at Trump: 'BE CAUTIOUS!'

Larry Hoffman
July 24, 2018

But while it was his strongest threat as president, Trump has a long history of musing about war with Iran - dating back decades, in fact. "Be cautious." The tweet came hours after President Rouhani gave a speech during which he warned the US against further conflict against Iran because it would be "the mother of all wars".

Addressing a gathering of Iranian diplomats, Rouhani said: "Mr Trump, don't play with the lion's tail, this would only lead to regret", the state new agency IRNA reported.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed his support for Trump's and Pompeo's warnings to Iran in a statement at the cabinet meeting Monday morning.

At the same time, Germany said threats of war were "never helpful".

Iran is facing increased United States pressure and looming sanctions after Mr Trump's decision to pull out of the 2015 worldwide deal meant to prevent Tehran from developing nuclear weapons.

Iran can defend itself, Rouhani said.

"It's about changing the behavior of the leadership in Iran to comport with what the Iranian people really want them to do", Pompeo said.

Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi said Washington's outrage is rooted in the worldwide community's view on Iran and the 2015 multilateral nuclear deal - which the USA unilaterally scrapped in May.

"I absolutely feel that [the USA should have sent troops], yes", Trump told gossip columnist Rona Barrett in 1980.

Seth Meyers last night explored Donald Trump's obsession with being secretly recorded by everyone - Putin, the FBI, Obama, but ended up getting it from the guy he never expected.

Many Iranians are anxious that the war of words might lead to a conflict.

"There's more to come", Pompeo said.

Several observers noted the similarities between the threats on Iran, and Trump's "maximum pressure" campaign towards Pyongyang.

"Attention is being focused on geopolitical tensions, particularly between United States and Iran", said Gene McGillian, director of market research at Tradition Energy in Stamford, Connecticut.

He cited the harsh words between the USA and North Korea that preceded the high-profile summit between Mr Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and denuclearisation talks.

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

Mr Pompeo, in a speech to a largely Iranian-American audience in California, dismissed Mr Rouhani and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, who negotiated a nuclear deal with the United States and five other countries, as "merely polished front men for the ayatollahs' global con artistry".

He was right. True to form, Trump did not stay silent.

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