The response to Donald Trump's explosive Twitter threat against Iran has been swift and alarming, but at least social media is able to find the humour in it.
"Iran has said very clearly that any war with them will be very costly, and this means American bases throughout the region could be a target", Mr Wazne said.
A prominent Iranian political analyst has downplayed President Trump's warning to Iran and the escalating rhetoric, stating they were in his opinion "the storm before the calm". Trump and his advisers are of the view that an aggressive policy that prevents Iran from emerging out of isolation will drive it back to the negotiating table, forcing it to accept a more stringent - "bigger and better" - deal.
Pompeo also referred to Trump's withdrawal from the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement in May, saying it had freed the USA to re-impose financial sanctions on the country and on those doing business with Tehran.
A number of top Iranian military officials supported the idea afterwards, saying Iran has the ability to shut down the Strait of Hormuz if necessary.
"No one should doubt the US resolve to protect its interests", Mr. Carafano said.
Donald Trumpwrote on Twitter: "To Iranian President Rouhani: NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE. You are unable to provoke the Iranian nation against Iran's security and interests", Rouhani underlined.
POTUS' tweet was penned in response to Rouhani's address to Iranian diplomats on Sunday.
He finally warned the United States officials to understand the meaning of their comments and to avoid warmongering remarks.
"If anybody's inciting anything, look no further than to Iran", said White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is bitterly opposed to Iran, praised Trump's "strong stance" on Tehran.
A senior commander of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards reacted to Trump's threats by saying Tehran would continue to resist its enemies, Iran's Students news Agency ISNA reported.
Trump's comment comes along with significant escalation of USA aggression toward Iran.
In a speech late on Sunday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo denounced Iran's leaders as a "mafia" and promised unspecified backing for Iranians unhappy with their government.
"Sadly, after pulling us out of the nuclear deal with Europe and Iran, there doesn't seem to be strategy for how to move forward to fight Iran's activities", she said.
While US ties with Iran and North Korea are different on several fronts, the words used by Trump to denigrate Tehran are similar in tone to those he directed a little more than a year ago at North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
"We weren't afraid to tackle the regime at its highest level", Pompeo said in a speech in California, referring to sanctions leveled in January against Sadeq Larijani, the head of Iran's judiciary.
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