Iran says Trump 'won't dare' attack despite all-caps threat to Rouhani

Iran says Trump 'won't dare' attack despite all-caps threat to Rouhani

U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday warned Iranian President Hassan Rouhani not to threaten the United States again, after Rouhani cautioned Trump about pursuing hostile policies against Tehran.

The top US diplomat added that America stands in solidarity with Iranians and reiterated the November deadline for countries to get their imports of Iranian oil to "as close to zero as possible".

Iran faces increased U.S. pressure and looming sanctions after Trump's decision to withdraw the United States from a 2015 global deal over Iran's nuclear program.

"That small group who have been defeated by this insane president's psychological warfare should know that America will not be satisfied with anything less than our destruction", he said. "Americans should know that peace with Iran is the mother of all peace", he added.

Within hours, Iran's state-owned news agency IRNA dismissed the tweet, describing it as a "passive reaction" to Rouhani's remarks. Relations with North Korea took a surprising turn after that, culminating in a historic meeting between the two leaders in Singapore in June.

Trump's comments came after Pompeo, in a major address to the Iranian diaspora in California, said Washington was not afraid to sanction top-ranking leaders of the "nightmare" Iranian regime.

Despite the trajectory upward of inventories at Cushing, U.S. crude still found support from export demands amid geopolitical tensions, including falling output from Venezuela, said Phil Flynn, an analyst at Price Futures Group in Chicago.


In line with the instructions of Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, Iran would give a proportionate response to any threat, Hatami added. "And he's gotten us all talking about Iran this morning, instead of talking about Putin, or the investigation into Russian interference".

However, Trump risked escalation when he withdrew the USA from the Iran nuclear deal earlier this year. Despite some mixed messages from senior State Department officials in recent weeks, Pompeo made clear that pressure campaign includes dropping Iranian oil imports to "as close to zero as possible by November 4" when US sanctions snap back into place.

In the speech at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, Pompeo castigated Iran's political, judicial and military leaders, too, accusing several by name of participating in widespread corruption.

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

"This seems to be a little out of character and really a little alarming for many people", said Francona, a former US Air Force intelligence officer who worked in the Middle East and retired as a lieutenant colonel.

Iranian lawmaker Heshmatollah Falahatpisheh told The Associated Press that he doubted it would come to a military confrontation between Iran and the United States, despite the escalating rhetoric. And he hinted that the country could also affect oil shipping through the Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf, if Iran comes under attack.

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