It's getting serious: Trump threatens Iran in ALL CAPS

It's getting serious: Trump threatens Iran in ALL CAPS

It's getting serious: Trump threatens Iran in ALL CAPS

U.S. President Donald Trump issued a Twitter threat against Iran and their president Hassan Rouhani.

Despite some mixed messages from senior State Department officials in recent weeks, Pompeo made clear that pressure campaign includes dropping Iranian oil imports to "as close to zero as possible by November 4" when USA sanctions snap back into place.

In a furious all-caps tweet, the President told his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani to "never ever threaten the United States again", adding: "We are no longer a country that will stand for your demented words of violence and death".

Rouhani repeated his warning that Iran could shut down the strategic Strait of Hormuz, a vital shipping lane for worldwide oil supplies.

Rouhani immediately dismissed those U.S. threats and on Sunday said: "You can not provoke the Iranian people against their own security and interests".

"Mr. Trump, don't play with the lion's tail, this would only lead to regret", the IRNA reported.

Rouhani also dismised the idea that the United States could stop Iran from exporting oil, according to Al Jazeera. The US has said it will re-impose sanctions against Iran and has asked some other countries to take similar action.

"You are not in a position to incite the Iranian nation against Iran's security and interests", Rouhani said. He said the U.S. Broadcasting Board of Governors is taking new steps to help Iranians get around internet censorship and is launching a new 24/7 Farsi-language channel across television, radio, digital, and social media formats, "so that ordinary Iranians inside Iran and around the globe can know America stands with them".

"The United States hears you".

Roundly applauded by his audience, Pompeo affirmed support by Washington for protesters who have taken to the streets of Iran as economic woes mount after the U.S. withdrawal from the nuclear accord.

Speaking in California, he said Iranian leaders had benefited from bribes and embezzlement.

Several dozen protesters lined the route to the site, including one group that distributed fliers opposing both Iran's current government and any USA intervention in Iran.

Pompeo also blamed the government for Iran's economic woes, which have led to anti-government protests nationwide. This is an odd time for it, however, as it both allows Iran to fairly portray itself as a victim being bullied by the U.S. for virtually no reason, and also undercuts recent USA attempts to convince European Union nations to go along with their anti-Iran policies.

"Such policies will unite Iranians who will overcome plots against their country", Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi said.

While 55 percent of Iranian Americans wanted Washington to work to advance democracy and civil rights in Iran, they were more divided on how a USA administration should go about achieving this. "Iranians want to be governed with dignity, accountability and respect". Pompeo blasted the country for corruption and human rights abuses - but also offered direct talks with the regime. The United States supports you. Iranian leaders reject USA claims about developing nuclear weapons and supporting terrorism.

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