Published: Tue, July 24, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Iran's Foreign Minister responds to Trump's all-caps Twitter threat

Iran's Foreign Minister responds to Trump's all-caps Twitter threat

The White House blamed Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Monday for provoking warlike threats from President Trump, as the administration sought to step up economic and political pressure on Iran in a campaign similar to the strategy that brought North Korea to the nuclear bargaining table.

Trump's message came after Iranian President Hassan Rouhani gave a speech Sunday saying that hostile policies towards Tehran could lead to "the mother of all wars".

While Trump's "tough stand" was hailed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, it also provoked an avalanche of questions about its exact meaning and impact.

"Threats of military force are never helpful, and I think that particularly in the tense situation in the Middle East this is not a helpful means of discourse".

"Iran is angry since Trump responded to Tehran's engagement diplomacy by pulling the US out of the nuclear deal", Iranian politician Heshmatollah Falahatpisheh told the AP.

The same news agency quoted Armed Forces Chief of Staff Major General Mohammad Bagheri as saying US threats would draw a "strong, unimaginable and regrettable" response from Iran, according to Reuters.

India and other major buyers of Iranian oil are under pressure to cut imports from the country after Washington withdrew from a 2005 nuclear deal with Tehran in May and made a decision to reimpose sanctions on the OPEC member.

Trump earlier this year pulled the U.

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It appeared on Twitter Sunday night.

One of Trump's objectives in Helsinki was to pressure Putin to press for the elimination, or at least drastic curtailment of, Iranian influence in Syria as part of any "peace settlement". A more significant set of sanctions that will hit Iran's oil industry and central bank by punishing countries and companies that do business with them will resume November 4.

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

Trump's commentary on Iran dates to the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis, when he said the United States should have rescued the hostage by force.

Pompeo said in a recent interview with Voice of America that the goal of the United States is to change Iran's behavior.

In a May 21 speech, Pompeo laid out a list of 12 demands from Iran that included a halt to its enrichment activities and an end to its support for armed groups such as the Lebanese Hizballah. But Iran's most powerful leader, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said on Saturday that negotiations with the United States would be a "mistake".

"President Trump is on the right path", Ingraham said. But he went even further, suggesting the United States should have toppled the regime and taken its oil. "The United States is with you".

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