White House blames Iran for war of words with Trump

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani attends a meeting with Muslim leaders and scholars in Hyderabad India

US President Donald Trump warned Iran on Sunday that it would face consequences "the likes of which few throughout history have ever suffered", if the Islamic Republic threatens the United States.

Rouhani warned in a speech in the Iranian capital, Tehran, on Sunday that a conflict with Iran would be the "mother of all wars" and that the USA would "regret it" if it didn't stop escalating tensions with the country, prompting a response from Trump.

Tension has remained high between the two countries since May when Trump withdrew the USA from a nuclear deal, which was signed in 2015 between Iran and the P5+1 group of nations (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany).

President Donald Trump's national security adviser is echoing the combative warning to Iran against deploying any more threatening language toward the U.S. "BE CAUTIOUS!" he tweeted.

Iran's currency has plunged nearly 50 percent in value in the past six months against the United States dollar, prompting a rare strike last month by traders in Tehran's Grand Bazaar.

The escalation in rhetoric came as 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, according to USA officials familiar with the matter, reported Reuters.

Trump has made Iran a favorite target since his withdrawal from a landmark 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran and his subsequent unexpected rapprochement with nuclear-armed North Korea.

This article was updated to include an infographic from Statista.

With the economic pressure, Mr Trump said earlier this month that "at a certain point they're going to call me and say 'let's make a deal, ' and we'll make a deal".

"America should know that peace with Iran is the mother of all peace, and war with Iran is the mother of all wars", Rouhani said, Reuters reported, citing state news agency IRNA.

Trump was responding to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani comments that "America must understand well that peace with Iran is the mother of all peace and war with Iran is the mother of all wars".

"They are against the nuclear potential and the power of its (Iran's) enrichment, and its presence in the region".

United States ally Israel, another of Iran's arch-foes, has pursued a similar strategy after having been presented with intelligence revealing greater rifts between Iranian moderates and hardliners.

The tweet is reverberating across the Middle East.

Pompeo said, "After 40 years of tyranny, the proud Iranian people are not staying silent about their government's abuses".

In the case of North Korea, she pointed out, the crisis was declared over despite any nuclear weapons being dismantled.

"The United States under President Trump will not stay silent either", he said.



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