Published: Tue, July 24, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Trump Tweets All-Caps Threat To Iran's President

Trump Tweets All-Caps Threat To Iran's President

Trump's tweeted warning late on Sunday to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani - all in capital letters, the digital equivalent of shouting - sparked questions about Washington's strategy towards the Islamic republic.

Seemingly, out of nowhere, Trump fired a Twitter broadside at the President of Iran. Mainstream press carried one particular line from Rouhani's comments, suggesting he threatened "the mother of all wars", although the full sentence offered more nuance. Still, there has been little tangible progress in a global push to rid North Korea of its nuclear weapons program since the historic Trump-Kim Jong Un summit on June 12.

Iranian officials accused the White House of waging "psychological warfare" and vowed Monday to resist any USA efforts to destabilize their government, after stark warnings by President Trump's against perceived Iranian threats. Still, he also criticized what he characterized as American efforts to destabilize Iran's government, saying that the U.S.is "not in a position to incite the Iranian nation".

A top commander in Iran's Revolutionary Guards said his words amounted to "psychological warfare".

And Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, the 2016 Democratic vice-presidential candidate, called the Twitter blast from the White House "another warning sign that Trump is blundering toward war with Iran".

Therefore, a Strait closure is unlikely, the United States is well-aware of this, and the Iranian leadership probably realizes Washington can call its bluff any time.

Earlier this month, Israeli officials told reporters that the United States and Israel had already formed a "joint working group" created to plot against Iran, and that it's focus was to fuel internal unrest against the government.

"I see a new generation of Iranians on the scene who are impatient and especially very troubled with the way they pay the price for their government's foreign and domestic policy", he said.

FILE - A Ghadr-H missile, center, a solid-fuel surface-to-surface Sejjil missile and a portrait of the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei are on display for the annual Defense Week, at Baharestan Square in Tehran, Iran, Sept. 24, 2017.

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The US is seeking to tighten the economic screws on Iran after abandoning the Iran nuclear accord and reimposing stringent sanctions.

Fox News foreign policy analyst Kiron Skinner on President Trump's decision to pull the US out of the Iran nuclear deal. There have been Iranian protests against the government in recent months.

"Look the president's responding to Iran and he's not going to allow them to continue to make threats against America", she stated.

Iran and the USA have been at each others throats after the Washington axed their nuclear deal with Tehran.

With Tehran scrabbling to salvage the deal with the other participants in the pact, the U.S. has taken an increasingly hard line, prompting companies such as the energy giant Total and shipper Maersk to end operations in the country.

"I have a message for the people of Iran: the United States hears you", Pompeo said in the speech at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California.

The statement from President Rouhani that set off Trump was a clear threat to the United States.

Pompeo promised USA aid to Iranians who would rise up against their government officials, whom he said were "merely polished front men for the ayatollahs' worldwide con artistry".

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