Published: Tue, July 24, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

'Color Us Unimpressed': Iranian Government Brushes Off Trump Threats, Sanctions

Mr Trump was responding to a threat from President Rouhani, who told a gathering of diplomats: "America should know that peace with Iran is the mother of all peace, and war with Iran is the mother of all wars".

U.S. President Donald Trump told Iran it risked dire consequences "the like of which few throughout history have suffered before" if the Islamic Republic made more threats against the United States.

Javad Zarif tweeted: "COLOR US UNIMPRESSED: The world heard even harsher bluster a few months ago". And Iranians have heard them - albeit more civilized ones - for 40 yrs. His comments come after the Trump administration announced the United States would be quitting the Iran nuclear deal.

US President Donald Trump on May 8 chose to restore all the sanctions that had been lifted as part of a multi-national agreement, signed on to by former president Barack Obama's administration, in exchange for curbs on Iran's nuclear program.

Another day, another fury-filled tweet from President Donald Trump, this time aimed at President Hassan Rouhani of Iran, warning him to "NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN". Where might this diplomatic spiralling between Washington and Teheran lead?

Washington has vowed to reduce Iran's oil exports, which provide the bulk of the state budget, to near zero.

He claimed Trump's comments were "psychological warfare" and warned the U.S. "will be content with nothing less than our annihilation".

"We are no longer a country that will stand for your demented words of violence and death".

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. Gen. Amir Hatami said the us does "not understand anything but the language of force", according to the semi-official Fars News Agency. "The prospect of President Trump starting a catastrophic war should concern us all, and we must be vigilant in stopping it".

"For the last few years they were pampered by the worldwide community and President Trump came in and said that's it. Enough".

"Our president will start a war with Iran because he has absolutely no ability to negotiate", Trump said in a 2011 video blog.

At Monday's press briefing, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked what prompted Trump to post that tweet.

Both the tweet and the speech landed less than two weeks before the administration will begin re-imposing sanctions on Iran that had been lifted under the 2015 nuclear deal. Since Trump pulled out of the deal, other nations involved - Germany, Britain, France, Russia and China as well as the European Union - have reaffirmed their support for the deal and have been working to try and keep Iran on board.

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

He added: "While it is ultimately up to the Iranian people to determine the direction of their country, the United States, in the spirit of our own freedoms, will support the long-ignored voice of the Iranian people".

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