Iran will 'suffer consequences' if threats continue

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned President Donald Trump against provoking his country

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned President Donald Trump against provoking his country

"The only person inciting anything is Iran", Sanders said.

Iran's most powerful authority Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei ruled out negotiations with the United States as an "obvious mistake".

Others simply rewrote President Trump's tweet with song lyrics.

Trump has a history of firing off heated tweets that seem to quickly escalate long-standing disputes with leaders of nations at odds with the U.S.

U.S. President Donald Trump's threat against Iran on Monday came hours after his Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in a speech to the Iranian diaspora in California, slammed the "nightmare Iranian regime".

Almost a year on, Trump has met Kim - who he once called "Rocket Man" on a "suicide mission" - for a landmark summit, and follow-up talks are underway between the two sides.

Fox News foreign policy analyst Kiron Skinner on President Trump's decision to pull the US out of the Iran nuclear deal.

"Anyone who understands the rudiments of politics doesn't say "we will stop Iran's oil exports"...we have been the guarantor of the regional waterway's security throughout history."

While Trump isn't a position to get re-elected until 2020, the president's idea of stoking Iran for a boost in poll numbers could certainly be on his mind. "BE CAUTIOUS!", he wrote.

Iran's currency has plunged nearly 50 percent in value in the past six months against the USA dollar, prompting a rare strike last month by traders in Tehran's Grand Bazaar.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
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Iran insists its nuclear programme is entirely peaceful, and its compliance with the deal has been verified by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which has said Iran is honouring its commitments.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif hit back at Trump's warning, which the US leader delivered written in capital letters in a late-night tweet.

"You don't conduct foreign policy by tweet", Harf stated.

With Rouhani's threat of retaliation against any potential attack against Iran, he also offered a message of peace - expressing a desire to come to agreeable terms with the U.S.

Trump earlier this year pulled the US out of the global deal meant to prevent Tehran from developing a nuclear weapon and ordered increased American sanctions, as well as threatening penalties for companies from other countries that continue to do business with Iran. The other signatories to the deal - China, France, Germany, European Union, Iran, Russia, United Kingdom - have vowed to stand by it.

In May, he withdrew from the landmark nuclear deal, agreed to in 2015 by Iran and a group of world powers, and reinstated sanctions against the country.

He said the war of words between the two presidents was to be expected, since official diplomatic relations between the two countries have been frozen for decades.

"Regime leaders - especially those at the top of the IRGC and the Quds Force like Qasem Soleimani - must be made to feel painful consequences of their bad decision making", he said.

During those remarks, delivered Sunday, Pompeo compared Iran's leaders to con artists and mobsters.




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