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Trump threatens Iran with a catastrophic war

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Deanna Wagner | 24 July, 2018, 15:24

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif hit back on Monday at threats from US President Donald Trump on Twitter, warning him to "BE CAUTIOUS!" Many wondered at the choice of platform to send the message: Twitter is banned in Iran. "Peace with Iran would be the mother of all peace and war with Iran would be the mother of all wars".

"As our president correctly pointed out, the enemies, particularly America, whose centers of interest are within reach of the visible and hidden defense forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran, should not play with the lion's tail", Bagheri said in a statement, according to IRNA.

Trump's warning came after Rouhani had on Sunday warned the USA against taking aggressive action that could lead to war with Iran.

Earlier this month, Rouhani-unnerved by his failure to win a commitment from the European powers that they would not bow to USA pressure and renege on their obligations under the Iran nuclear accord-said that were Iran denied the right to export its oil it might close the Straits of Hormuz.

"We will never abandon our revolutionary beliefs", Mr Gheybparvar added.

Washington is reimposing pressure after the axing of the nuke agreement - which saw the Middle Eastern power promised to give-up its pursuit of nukes in exchange for the lifting of sanctions with the US.

"You are not in a position to incite the Iranian nation against Iran's security and interests", he added, in an apparent reference to those reported efforts by the U.S. to destabilise the Iranian government.

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But the deal was criticised for a lack of details on when or how Pyongyang would renounce its nuclear weapons. Trump rejected "Fake News" that he was angry because progress was not happening fast enough with North Korea.

In May, Trump announced his intention to withdraw the US from the Iran nuclear deal and threatened the "highest level" of sanctions against the country and any others that do business with it. "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.

Separately, Iran's parliamentary speaker on Tuesday described Trump's comments as "the words of a troublemaker".

Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi said Washington's outrage is rooted in the global community's view on Iran and the 2015 multilateral nuclear deal - which the USA unilaterally scrapped in May.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Sunday evening addressed a crowd of Iranian Americans and said that the country is ruled by a corrupt elite that is oppressing and impoverishing ordinary Iranians.

Trump openly attacked the arrangement and swept it away despite warnings from France, China, Russia and Germany.

Trump has a history of firing off heated tweets that seem to quickly escalate long-standing disputes with leaders of nations at odds with the U.S.