Published: Wed, July 25, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Trump, Iran drama escalates - via Twitter

Trump, Iran drama escalates - via Twitter

Jimmy Kimmel is puzzled by President Donald Trump's all-caps tweet toward Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

Pundits quickly criticized Trump, with some arguing "the prospects of war are inching up because of his tweets", calling the Iranian leaders "more stable and rational" and suggesting Trump is using Iran as a "Molotov cocktail" to distract from his much-criticized summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Be that as it may, Trump's latest Twitter tantrum has prompted the Iranian leadership to contemplate actions that really could lead to actual conflict.

That in turn prompted Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Monday to urge the US president himself to "be cautious".

The exchange of harsh rhetoric was reminiscent of the threats that volleyed back and forth between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un past year - exchanges that disappeared after the two adversaries agreed to negotiate a nuclear deal at a summit this spring. And Iranians have heard them - albeit more civilized ones - for 40 yrs. We've been around for millennia & seen fall of empires, incl our own, which lasted more than the life of some countries.

"We're ready to make a real deal, not the deal done by the previous administration, which was a real disaster".

On Sunday night, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo launched a blistering attack on Iran's religious rulers.

"It seems to be going very well", Trump said, though numerous foreign policy analysts have said North Korea has yet to provide a compete inventory of its nuclear weapons facilities or plans to dismantle them. I think since Donald Trump's election, but more specifically, since he pulled out of the nuclear deal in May.

The same news agency quoted Armed Forces Chief of Staff Major General Mohammad Bagheri as saying US threats would draw a "strong, unimaginable and regrettable" response from Iran, according to Reuters.

The State Department, though, says no known member of the Iranian exile group was invited to Pompeo's speech.

Trump's position that Iran is "not the same country anymore" is also a significant one, even if he didn't elaborate in this speech.

"We are asking every nation who is sick and exhausted of the Islamic Republic's destructive behavior to join our pressure campaign".

The tweet is reverberating across the Middle East.

Pompeo, the former director of the Central Intelligence Agency, also used the speech to allege that the county's leaders have made billions of dollars from corrupt dealings.

Pompeo also slammed Iran's political, judicial and military officials, accusing several by name of participating in rampant corruption, and called its religious leaders "hypocritical holy men" who amassed wealth while allowing their people to suffer.

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