Furious Trump Threatens Iranian President Will 'Suffer Consequences'

Furious Trump Threatens Iranian President Will 'Suffer Consequences'

Mr Pompeo said he wanted to try to stop countries importing Iranian oil by November as part of continued pressure on Tehran.

In his message directed at Rouhani, Trump wrote: "Never, ever threaten the United States again or you will suffer consequences the likes of which few throughout history have ever suffered before".

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani had warned Trump on Sunday against inciting Tehran with hostile policies.

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

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was reported by Al Jazeera to have backed Rouhani's earlier statements to disrupt regional oil shipments.

So, yes, Trump might very well be making threats here in the hope of scaring Rouhani into, say, signing on to a tougher replacement for the 2015 nuclear deal abandoned by his administration in May, or at least convincing the Iranian president to dial down his rhetoric.

"Peace with Iran would be the mother of all peace and war with Iran would be the mother of all wars", Rouhani added for good measure.

This will ensure that "ordinary Iranians inside Iran and around the globe can know that America stands with them", he said.

Trump took to Twitter to reply, as he tends to do. "He is not in a position to act against Iran", Brigadier-General Qolam-Hossein Gheibparvar said on Monday.

The offensive is meant to work in concert with severe economic sanctions that Washington plans to reimpose in the coming months, including on Tehran's oil exports, its principal revenue generator.

"The level of corruption and wealth among Iranian leaders shows that Iran is run by something that resembles the mafia more than a government", Pompeo said.

With popular discontent over Iran's faltering economy and sliding currency, and the prospect of tough new US sanctions, Iran's leaders have called for unity.

The secretary also announced that the Broadcasting Board of Governors, which oversees the Voice of America, is taking new steps to help Iranians get around internet censorship.

Iran has threatened to block oil shipments from the Strait of Hormuz in the Gulf if countries heed US calls to stop buying Iranian oil under USA pressure.

He said despite poor treatment by their leaders, "the proud Iranian people are not staying silent about their government's many abuses", Pompeo said.

A high-ranking Iranian officer says President Donald Trump's warning of unprecedented "consequences" for Iran, should it threaten the United States, is nothing but "psychological warfare". He assured them that the Trump administration shared their dreams for the people of Iran.

Speaking on a recent conference call with journalists, a senior State Department official said the USA wanted to deter Tehran from developing nuclear and ballistic weapons and supporting terrorism.

In naming Iranian officials who have amassed fortunes while the people struggle, Pompeo cited "thieving thug" Sadeq Larijani, head of the Iranian Judiciary, who he said is now worth $300 million.

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