Published: Sat, May 25, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

Iran warns of 'painful consequences' if United States escalates tensions

Iran warns of 'painful consequences' if United States escalates tensions

Under the deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Iran agreed to curb its nuclear programme in exchange for sanctions relief.

Over recent weeks, Washington has ratcheted up pressure against Tehran with a series of sanctions, designations, and military threats, following Washington's year-long campaign against Iran after the USA exit from the landmark Iran nuclear deal in May last year. "But you do have situations like Iran, you can't let them have nuclear weapons - you just can't let that happen". Trump descried the Iran nuclear deal throughout his presidential campaign, calling it the "worst in history".

President Donald Trump told reporters that there are no signs Iran is preparing actions against USA interests in the Middle East, adding that any provocation by Tehran will be met "with great force".

He said the USA sanctions, which have hit the Iranian economy hard, "amounts to terrorism" on the country's citizens.

Critics have accused Trump of sending mixed signals.

Historically tense relations between Washington and Tehran worsened in May after U.S. President Donald Trump hardened his anti-Iran stance and restored all sanctions on Iranian oil exports following his decision a year ago to pull the United States out of a 2015 global nuclear accord with Tehran.

There is enough real, provable violence originating in orders from Tehran to make war between Iran and the US a distinct possibility. "Iranians will never bow to a bully".

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What the United States is saying is that we make a deal. "The only way this changes is for Iran to change", he said. He reimposed sanctions on Tehran and has threatened other penalties on countries that still do business with Iran.

Tensions between the U.S. and Iran have been rising since the former's unilateral withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Actions (JCPOA) in 2015.

The rial currency lost about 60 percent of its value in 2018 under the threat of the revived USA sanctions, boosting inflation and provoking sporadic demonstrations.

A staff member removes the Iranian flag from the stage after a group picture with foreign ministers and representatives of the U.S., Iran, China, Russia, Britain, Germany, France and the European Union during Iran nuclear talks at the Vienna International Center in Vienna, Austria, July 14, 2015.

Iran has announced it would be partially withdrawing from the deal on the one-year anniversary of the US's departure from the accord. But in practice this has so far failed, with companies cancelling investments for fear of US punishment.

Top officials with the country's Counter Terrorism Services told the Daily Beast on Monday that the Iranian-backed militia Kataib Hezbollah was responsible for the strike.

"Our biggest focus at this point is to prevent Iranian miscalculation".

In this photo released by the official website of the office of the Iranian Presidency, President Hassan Rouhani speaks in a cabinet meeting in Tehran, Iran, May 8, 2019.

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