UPDATE: After President Donald Trump threatened Iran President Hassan Rouhani, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif responded, also on Twitter, employing the president’s now well-known love for capital letters.
"COLOR US UNIMPRESSED," Zarif posted on the social media network Monday. “The world heard even harsher bluster a few months ago. 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. BE CAUTIOUS.”
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. We’ve been around for millennia & seen fall of empires, incl our own, which lasted more than the life of some countries. BE CAUTIOUS!— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) July 23, 2018
This exchange of harsh words between the two countries has been escalating recently, with Trump responding to Rouhani first saying that “America should know that peace with Iran is the mother of all peace, and war with Iran is the mother of all wars.”
To Iran experts, it’s difficult to predict what will happen next, and if the exchange is serving simply as a way to project strength before the U.S. tries to engage diplomatically.
Much like what Trump did with North Korea, the exchange of threatening tweets could signal that he’s readying to talk to Tehran. But then again, he’s unpredictable, Karim Sadjadpour, an Iran expert at the Carnegie Endowment, said.
"The reality is he's such an erratic president that you could see him dropping bombs on Iran or you could see him trying to build hotels in Iran," Sadjadpour explained. "He's much more impulsive than he is strategic."
When asked if Trump was risking inciting a war with Iran, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders denied it, saying that Iran is the one issuing threats. She was unable to say whether Trump was looking into taking any steps toward negotiating a new deal with Iran.
It’s clear that the president’s explosive and undiplomatic personality plays a large role in his administration. The fact he’s using such bold threats against Iran makes us wonder whether his close relationship with Saudi Arabia, a country engaged in war against Iranian proxies in Yemen, could push the president to do more than just issue threats on Twitter against the Persian country.
President Donald Trump lashed out at Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in a scathing, late-night Twitter rant after the foreign despot threatened any conflict with the Middle Eastern nation would be “the mother of all wars.”
“America should know that peace with Iran is the mother of all peace, and war with Iran is the mother of all wars,” Rouhani reportedly said during a meeting with diplomats. “You are not in a position to incite the Iranian nation against Iran’s security and interests.”
In a move that shouldn’t have been surprising given the president’s penchant to use social media to issue fiery statements against his opponents, Trump took to Twitter to declare Iran “will suffer consequences the likes of which few have ever suffered before.”
To Iranian President Rouhani: NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE. WE ARE NO LONGER A COUNTRY THAT WILL STAND FOR YOUR DEMENTED WORDS OF VIOLENCE & DEATH. BE CAUTIOUS!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 23, 2018
His tweet came shortly after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo rebuked the country during his address at the Ronald Reagan National Library in Simi Valley, California.
“The ideologues who forcibly came to power in 1979 and remain in power today are driven by a desire to conform all of Iranian society to the tenants of the Islamic Revolution. The regime is also committed to spreading the Revolution to other countries, by force if necessary,” said the former CIA director. “To the regime, prosperity, security, and freedom for the Iranian people are acceptable casualties in the march to fulfill the Revolution.”
Trump’s all-caps warning to the Iranian leader drew widespread backlash. Considering the ongoing conflict in the Middle East and the U.S.’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear agreement, threatening the conservative country on Twitter (of all places) was definitely not a smart move. But then again, Trump is not exactly known for making smart decisions, is he?
This is inappropriate and weak.— Andy Milder (@AndyMilder) July 23, 2018
are you typing in ALL CAPS because you are maybe afraid of some video Putin has of you?— Cheri Jacobus (@CheriJacobus) July 23, 2018
Did Tucker Carlson or Sean Hannity run an anti-Rouhani story 10 minutes before this tweet?— JRehling (@JRehling) July 23, 2018
This tweet is proof of insanity ad unfitness for the office. #25thAmendmentNow— Robert Wilks (@rojawi) July 23, 2018
Translation;— Shelly (@shelly27204) July 23, 2018
Hopefully this insane tweet will distract from the Russia collusion thing and the treason thing and the child kidnapping thing and the porn actress thing and the playboy bunny thing and the Trump Foundation thing and The Trump Model Agency thing and the tarrif thing.
Are you insane? Threatening another nation with war via Twitter? I thought you were just stupid with a side of treason. Now you’ve confirmed my fears that you are an unhinged threat to peace and prosperity & don’t seem to mind that you could get all of us killed. FFS, resign!— Legaleagle (@HHemingway68) July 23, 2018
For the love of the country @GOP @SpeakerRyan get this madman out of our WHITE HOUSE. Trump has lost his mind. He is not fit to be POTUS. DO YOUR JOB AS SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE AND START IMPEACHMENT NOW! Do it for your country. COUNTRY OVER PARTY! If you don't you're complicit!— B. Janine Morison (@bjaninemorison) July 23, 2018
Earlier this year in May, Trump ditched the President Barack Obama-era nuclear agreement with Iran after years of criticism and disapproval.
Claiming the deal could enable “the world's leading state sponsor of terror” to “be on the cusp of acquiring the world's most dangerous weapons,” the reality TV star-turned-politician announced the U.S. would withdraw from the deal under which, the threat of an Iran bomb could have been averted for at least 10 years.
That is not a short period of time. Also, even without complying, Iran currently does not have the capability to make a bomb for at least the next year, according to the reports. Other experts say it could also be several years.
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