Trump to Iran President Rouhani: ‘Be Cautious’

Larry Hoffman
July 26, 2018

Khamenei used a speech to foreign ministry officials to reject any renewed talks with the United States after President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from a 2015 worldwide deal over Iran's nuclear programme. "BE CAUTIOUS!" Trump said in an all-capital post on his Twitter account on Monday.

In the case of North Korea, the verbal war cooled quickly and gradually led to the high-profile summit and denuclearization talks.

Iranian officials have in the past threatened to block the Strait of Hormuz, a major oil shipping route, in retaliation for any hostile United States action.

Bolton also warned in May during an interview on CNN's "State of the Union" that it was "possible" the USA may impose sanctions on European companies that keep doing business with Iran.

"He's venting", said Aaron David Miller, a former Middle East negotiator for presidents of both parties.

Trump's National Security Council pushed back with a statement saying: "Our differences are with the Iranian regime's actions and, in particular, with the actions of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, not the Iranian people".

Ayatollah Amoli Larijani, Iran's chief judiciary official, said the US needed to know that if it attacked Iran, it would "receive a response that would be written in history", according to comments carried by IRNA, a state-run news agency.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised the US president's "strong stance" after years in which the Iranian "regime was pampered by world powers".

Iran can defend itself, Rouhani added, hinting that his country could also affect oil shipping through the Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf if it were to come under attack.

Pompeo accused Iran of corruption and mismanagement at the highest levels and said the country had backed terrorist attacks in Europe even as it tried to reassure European Union members that Iran will follow restrictions in their nuclear agreement. "We are seeking changes in the Iranian government's behavior". "The level of corruption and wealth among Iranian leaders shows that Iran is run by something that resembles the mafia more than a government". Still, there has been little tangible progress in a global push to rid North Korea of its nuclear weapons program since the historic Trump-Kim Jong Un summit on June 12.

Foreign policy analysts wondered whether Trump was looking to move past a spate of political troubles, including fallout from last week's meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, or is serious about confronting Iraq.

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