Trump's Concerted Campaign To Provoke Iran

The Latest: Schumer chides Trump for heated rhetoric on Iran

The US President's comments came days after he sent out a tweet to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, saying that Tehran will face consequences if it threatened Washington.

Washington and Tehran have been trading angry threats since Sunday, when Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned the U.S. "not to play with the lion's tail" and that conflict with Iran would be the "mother of all wars".

Rouhani had said Sunday that "American must understand well that peace with Iran is the mother of all peace and war with Iran is the mother of all wars".

In his latest salvo, Trump tweeted late on Sunday, July 22 that hostile threats from Iran could bring dire consequences. "BE CAUTIOUS!" Trump wrote.

While animosity toward Iran's officials has been a part of the administration's foreign policy from the start, President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have sharpened their rhetoric. "The world heard even harsher bluster a few months ago".

Pompeo also addressed USA demands that the Iranian Regime stops repressing dissidents and funding terrorist groups. "If America wants to take a serious step in this direction it will definitely be met with a reaction and equal countermeasures from Iran", he said. This threat follows earlier threats about closing the Strait of Hormuz - through where one-fifth of global oil flows - if their oil exports were harmed. They did so when Iran seized two USA navy riverine command boats in Iranian territorial waters in the Persian Gulf and its Revolutionary Guards arrested 10 US navy commandos.

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The White House says President Donald Trump's threatening tweet shows he's not going to tolerate critical rhetoric from Iran, but claims the USA leader isn't escalating tensions between the two countries. His message was mostly about supporting Iranians inside the country who have been protesting.

"America wants nothing less than [to] destroy Iran" but "Trump can not do a damn thing against Iran", the commander added. Based on anonymous sources the outlet found that, "The Trump administration has launched an offensive of speeches and online communications meant to foment unrest and help pressure Iran to end its nuclear program and its support of militant groups".

In Iran itself, Rouhani was elected president mainly because of his moderate approach toward seeking a detente with the West.

Rouhani has been burned by advocating dialogue with the United States and at this stage has no choice but to sound and act in ways that protect him against hardliner criticism.

This speech happened just three weeks before the US's banking sanctions on Iran will roll back into place, following the US's withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal in May.

US President Donald Trump has said, Washington is ready to make, what he called, a real deal with Iran over its nuclear programme.

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