Trump threatens Iran with what ‘few throughout history have suffered before’.


President Donald Trump has threatened Iran with hardship “the likes of which few throughout history have ever suffered before” as the United States launched a campaign meant to foment unrest in the Islamic Republic.
Trump’s pugnacious Tweeter message in all capital letters late Sunday came following Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s warning to him not to “play with the lion’s tail” after the US unveiled a series of measures which amount to a declaration of war.
“NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE,” Trump wrote.
“WE ARE NO LONGER A COUNTRY THAT WILL STAND FOR YOUR DEMENTED WORDS OF VIOLENCE & DEATH. BE CAUTIOUS!” he added.
Addressing a group of Iranian diplomats in Tehran Sunday, Rouhani said, “America must understand well that peace with Iran is the mother of all peace, and war with Iran is the mother of all wars.”
“You declare war and then you speak of wanting to support the Iranian people,” he told the US president, adding “You are not in a position to incite the Iranian nation against Iran’s security and interests.”
Also on Sunday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced in a speech that the Trump administration had launched a “maximum pressure campaign” targeting Iran and its economy.
The US will pursue a “diplomatic and economic pressure campaign” on Iran, Pompeo said as he appealed to Iranians who fled the country after the 1979 Islamic Revolution, including MKO terrorists.
Pompeo described Iran’s officials as a “mafia” and promised unspecified backing for Iranians unhappy with their government.
Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi on Monday hit back at Pompeo’s “foolish and baseless” remarks, saying they are a clear example of US interference in the Islamic Republic’s internal affairs.
“The US secretary of state’s remarks, especially last night, show that he is still deprived of the necessary knowledge and understanding of the past and present of the Iranians,” the spokesman said.
“Throughout history, Iranians have never accepted any foreign domination and bullying, and certainly in these sensitive situations, they will not only ignore the current president and the war-mongering minority in the US … they will also respond to these meddlesome remarks and measures with exemplary unity and coherence.”
In his Sunday speech, Pompeo said President Trump was “willing to talk” to the Iranian government if it showed what he called signs of change.
He referred to Trump’s withdrawal from the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement in May, saying it had freed the US to re-impose financial sanctions on the country and on those doing business with Tehran.
He also reiterated that the administration seeks to force Iranian crude exports “as close to zero as possible by November 4,” when the US sanctions lifted by the nuclear deal snap back into place.
“The US secretary of state’s hypocritical and foolish speech more than ever…was a sign of the American government’s fathomless desperation after its unilateral and unwise withdrawal from the JCPOA and its failure to achieve its goals despite global isolation,” Qassemi said.

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