Donald Trump Slammed As ‘Insane’ & ‘Unhinged’ After Threatening Tweet To Iran

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U.S. President Donald Trump has warned Iranian President Hassan Rohani on Twitter to "never, ever" threaten the United States or he would face consequences "few throughout history have ever suffered before".

The threats by the president came a day after the Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ali Khamenei spoke out in support of Rouhani's earlier threat to shut down the Strait of Hormuz, saying, "Remarks by the president. that 'if Iran's oil is not exported, no regional country's oil will be exported, ' were important remarks that reflect the policy and the approach of [the Islamic Republic's] establishment".

The particularly harsh language - even by Trump's standards - in the President's tweet surprised many Middle East watchers, including CNN military analyst Rick Francona.

"President Trump told me that if Iran does anything at all to the negative, they will pay a price like few countries have ever paid before", he said.

Gholamhossein Gheybparvar said America wants to "destroy Iran", but Mr Trump "cannot do a damn thing", Reuters reported, citing Iranian news agency ISNA. Rouhani also said that a peace with Tehran is like "the mother of all peace". The president said these moves can provide a great opportunity to show the real nature of the USA government. Relations with North Korea took a surprising turn after that, culminating in a historic meeting between the two leaders in Singapore in June.

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On Sunday in California, Pompeo was strongly critical of Iran, calling its religious leaders "hypocritical holy men" who amassed vast sums of wealth while allowing their people to suffer.

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 global sanctions.

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

The head of Iran's Basij militia on Monday dismissed Trump's threats as "psychological warfare", local media reported.

He says: "Iran has said very clearly that any war with them will be very costly, and this means American bases throughout the region could be a target".

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Military experts have long warned that Iran could use such militias to attack USA troops in places such as Iraq and Syria.

Iran's oil exports could fall by as much as two-thirds by the end of the year because of new US sanctions, putting oil markets under huge strain amid supply outages elsewhere.

On Saturday, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei praised Rouhani's firm response to the United States threat to halt Iran's oil exports, saying his significant stances that signify the Establishment's policy must be seriously pursued by the Foreign Ministry. He also said the government has "heartlessly repressed its own peoples human rights, dignity and fundamental freedoms".

Iranian lawmaker Heshmatollah Falahatpisheh told The Associated Press that he doubted it would come to a military confrontation between Iran and the United States, despite the escalating rhetoric. That agreement, which was negotiated by the Obama administration, curbed elements of Iran's atomic energy program that raised proliferation concerns in exchange for an end to restrictions on Iran's oil exports and banking system.

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