I could make a ‘real deal’ with Iran

I could make a ‘real deal’ with Iran

I could make a ‘real deal’ with Iran

President Donald Trump was back on Twitter again this week denouncing Iran, this time, in harsh terms and insinuating war or destruction at the hands of the United States.

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani says there's no need to respond to President Donald Trump's "empty threats".

The tirade at the highest level signalled an immediate escalation of tensions between Washington and Tehran, weeks after the U.S. left a landmark deal signed in 2015 which curbed Iran's nuclear activities in return for the lifting of worldwide sanctions.

Within hours, Iran's state-owned news agency IRNA dismissed Mr Trump's tweet, describing it as a "passive reaction" to Mr Rouhani's remarks. "BE CAUTIOUS!" Trump said in an all-capital post on his Twitter account on Monday.

Gen. Gholam Hossein Gheibparvar, the chief of the paramilitary Revolutionary Guard's volunteer Basij force, said Trump "won't dare" take any military action against Iran.

Rouhani warned earlier this month he might disrupt oil shipments in neighboring countries if the USA followed through with its sanctions on Iranian barrels.

The Trump administration has launched an offensive of speeches and online communications meant to foment unrest inside Iran and support anti-Iranian groups, United States officials familiar with the matter said.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu commended Trump's "tough stand" against Iran.

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.

On Sunday, Rouhani made a televised address in which he warned Trump not to escalate tensions with Iran.

A top Iranian official played down the campaign, saying Washington had sought in vain to undermine the government since the Islamic Revolution of 1979.

Pompeo said the Iranian economy is "going great", but only for the elite, accusing the ayatollahs and senior leaders of lining their pockets to the tune of billions of dollars while a third of Iranians live in poverty.

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