Sarah Sanders: Trump Will Not Tolerate 'Empty Threats' From Iran

Sarah Sanders: Trump Will Not Tolerate 'Empty Threats' From Iran

Sarah Sanders: Trump Will Not Tolerate 'Empty Threats' From Iran

In a late-night all-caps tweet, President Donald Trump warned Iranian president Hassan Rouhani of "consequences few have suffered" if he threatens the United States.

"Be cautious." The tweet came hours after President Rouhani gave a speech during which he warned the USA against further conflict against Iran because it would be "the mother of all wars".

The tweet comes a day after Rouhani gave a televised speech in which he spoke directly to Trump.

Rouhani's apparent threat earlier this month to disrupt oil shipments from neighboring countries came in reaction to looming USA sanctions and efforts by Washington to force all countries to stop buying Iranian oil.

Trump announced earlier this year that he was pulling the US out of the Iran nuclear deal.

Trump's message to Iran echoes a tweet he addressed to the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un a year ago.

On Sunday, Rouhani urged Washington to refrain from provoking Iran unless it wants "the mother of all wars" to break out.

The response to Donald Trump's explosive Twitter threat against Iran has been swift and alarming, but at least social media is able to find the humour in it.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
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On Saturday, Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said Tehran may be moved to block all oil exports from the Gulf in the face of renewed and fierce United States sanctions.

The Iranian president believes there have been efforts by Washington to destabilise Iran's Islamic government.

Trump's tweet appears to take the rhetoric expressed by Pompeo a step further.

"Trump's statements against Iran are psychological warfare".

Blocking world leaders on Twitter won't silence them, but it would certainly hamper necessary discussion around their words and actions, the company said. The U.S. president supported the protests, saying "the people of Iran are finally acting against the brutal and corrupt Iranian regime".

"He was pointing out the corruption and human rights abuses in Iran, which he's right to do, but how come Pompeo and Trump and nobody in the administration ever points out the corruption and human rights abuses in Russian Federation?"

Mr Pompeo, in a speech to a largely Iranian-American audience in California, dismissed Mr Rouhani and Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, as "polished front men for the ayatollahs' worldwide con artistry".

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has long pushed for a tougher stance against Iran by worldwide powers, praised Trump on Monday.

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