Trump’s “Passive” Late Night Warning Tweet to Iran

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Trump sent a tweet in all capital letters to the president of Iran, Hassan Rouhani, on Sunday, July 22.

His tweet threatened “consequences the likes of which few throughout history have ever seen before” if Iran threatens the United States again.

While Americans wondered how the strongly worded tweet would be received, it has been reported that the state-owned news agency, the IRNA news agency, has dismissed the tweet.

They described it as a “passive reaction” to Rouhani’s remarks, and said that the tweet was only mimicking and copying Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.

He had in the past warned the West to “never threaten an Iranian.”

Trump’s tweet did not come out of the blue, however. The tweet followed Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo’s speech on Iran’s leadership.

Pompeo accused Tehran’s ruling ayatollahs of spreading violence across the Middle East and lining pockets with ill-gotten gains.

“To the regime, prosperity, security, and freedom for the Iranian people are acceptable casualties in the march to fulfill the Revolution,” Pompeo said.

“The level of corruption and wealth among regime leaders shows that Iran is run by something that resembles the mafia more than a government,” he added.

Pompeo’s speech was interrupted by chants of “think about the children,” a reference to separated immigrant families.

His response was to say, “if there was only so much freedom of speech in Iran,” when they finished.

The Trump administration is expected to reenact punishing sanctions on Iran that were in place before the 2015 agreement was reached, because the administration backed out of the Iran nuclear deal, on Tuesday, May 8.

Pompeo urged other nations that are tired of the “destructive behavior” to join in on a “pressure campaign” against Iran.

Pompeo said the goal is to “one day see Iranians in Iran enjoying the same quality of life that Iranians in America enjoy.”

Contrary to the goal and pressure campaign, Rouhani warned that the deal could fall apart and that Iran could restart its nuclear efforts if the US reenacts sanctions.

European signers of the accord have pledged to still honor it, despite the Trump administration’s position on the issue.

Trump’s move is unpopular in Europe, where leaders are trying to prevent Iran from restarting its nuclear program, something the agreement curbed.

Pompeo’s speech followed Iranian President, Hassan Rouhani’s warning to the US.

Rouhani warned that a war with Iran would be “the mother of all wars.” He also contended that “peace with Iran is the mother of all peace.”

He also delivered a direct message to Trump, “do not play with the lion’s tail because you will regret it eternally.”

These comments are months after the administration pulled out of the deal, and the sanctions are set to be reimposed by Nov. 4.

Brian Hook, a State Department policy and planning director, said over 50 international firms will leave the Iranian market.

“It is clear to me that we cannot prevent an Iranian nuclear bomb under the decaying and rotten structure of the current agreement,” Trump said when making the decision. “The Iran deal is defective at its core. If we do nothing we know exactly what will happen.”

A Trump administration official also threatened to get the number of countries “importing Iranian crude [oil] down to zero,” sparking backlash in Iran.