DONALD Trump threatened to “obliterate” Iran in a furious tirade after the country’s president called him “mentally retarded”.
The US President declared that any attack by Iran on “anything American” would be met with “overwhelming force” in a series of tweets.
Trump has threatened to ‘obliterate’ Iran in a furious tirade[/caption]
President Hassan Rouhani laid into his American rival in a live TV address yesterday[/caption]
The war of words between the two leaders has been escalating ever since Iran shot down a US “spy” drone last week.
Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani yesterday mocked Trump by saying the White House is “afflicted by mental retardation”.
In a live TV address he also branded crippling new US sanctions targeting the Islamic Republic’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and others “outrageous and idiotic.”
Trump has now taken to Twitter to slam these comments, calling them “ignorant and insulting”.
“Any attack by Iran on anything American will be met with great and overwhelming force,” Trump added.
“In some areas, overwhelming will mean obliteration. No more John Kerry & Obama!”
He accused Iran’s leaders of spending all the country’s money on terror.
Trump tweeted: “The wonderful Iranian people are suffering, and for no reason at all.
“Their leadership spends all of its money on Terror, and little on anything else.
“The U.S. has not forgotten Iran’s use of IED’s & EFP’s (bombs), which killed 2000 Americans, and wounded many more…
“Iran leadership doesn’t understand the words ‘nice’ or ‘compassion’, they never have.
“Sadly, the thing they do understand is Strength and Power, and the USA is by far the most powerful Military Force in the world.”
‘I DON’T DO EXIT STRATEGIES’
Later he admitted to reporters in the Oval Office that he has no plan to get the country out of a messy military conflict if the situation escalates.
“You’re not going to need an exit strategy. I don’t do exit strategies,” he told a reporter, who asked him about him the possibility of war.
But Trump later left the door open for talks, saying that Iran should speak to the US “peaceably” to ease tensions and potentially lift US economic sanctions.
On Monday, he signed an executive order imposing additional, largely symbolic, sanctions against Ali Khamenei and other senior figures.
Fiery Rouhani warned the decision by the Trump administration was doomed to “certain failure.”
He also criticised US officials for wanting to sanction his Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.
Rouhani said: “You sanction the foreign minister simultaneously with a request for talks?”
A Ministry spokesman earlier claimed the sanctions will permanently end any chance of diplomacy between the two feuding countries.
Abbas Mousavi took to Twitter to claim they mean “closing (the) channel of diplomacy forever”.
“Trump’s desperate administration is destroying the established international mechanisms for maintaining world peace and security,” the tweet read.
The executive order Trump has signed imposing the sanctions would lock billions of dollars more in Iranian assets[/caption]
The new US sanctions on Iran target Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei[/caption]
John Bolton, Trump’s national security adviser, later said the US is still open to negotiations adding all Iran needs to do is “walk through that open door.”
It was unclear if his response was a direct response to Mousavi’s tweet.
The US crackdown comes as the president is looking for a fresh blow to Iran’s economy after Tehran shot down an unnamed US drone.
With tensions running high between the two countries, Trump signed an executive order imposing the sanctions, which US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said would lock billions of dollars more in Iranian assets.
Trump told reporters the sanctions were in part a response to last week’s downing of a US drone by Iran, but would have happened anyway.
He said Khamenei was ultimately responsible for what Trump called “the hostile conduct of the regime” in the Middle East.
Trump said: “Sanctions imposed through the executive order … will deny the Supreme Leader and the Supreme Leader’s office, and those closely affiliated with him and the office, access to key financial resources and support.”
Mohammad Javad Zarif responded in a Twitter post that hawkish politicians close to Trump “despise diplomacy, and thirst for war.”
The latest sanctions deny Iran’s leadership access to financial resources, blocking them from using the US financial system or having access to any assets in the US.
What are the new sanctions?
The new sanctions are a fresh blow to Irans economy after Tehrans downing of an unmanned American drone last week.
They are aimed at denying Irans leadership access to financial resources.
This then blocks them from using the US financial system or having access to any assets in the US.
Sanctions were also imposed on eight senior commanders of Navy, Aerospace, and Ground Forces of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps.
Trump has also signed an executive order that aims to increase transparency for the cost of health services.
US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said Zarif will be placed under sanctions this week.
A senior State Department official said the US is building a coalition with its allies to protect Gulf shipping lanes by having ‘eyes on all shipping’.
The White House announced: “Anybody who conducts significant transactions with these sanctioned individuals may be exposed to sanctions themselves.”
The Trump administration wants to force Tehran to open talks on its nuclear and missile programmes and its activities in the region, saying the 2015 deal did not go far enough.
Sanctions were also imposed on eight senior commanders of Navy, Aerospace, and Ground Forces of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, the US Treasury Department said.
Trump has laced into European leaders over their complaints about the increasing nuclear tension between the US and Iran.
The president blasted the EU’s leadership saying they were exclusively worried about being hit in the pocket by new sanctions.
Last week Trump pulled out at the last minute from launching a retaliatory strike on the Islamic Republic after they downed a US drone over the Persian Gulf.
He reportedly changed his mind about blasting Iran after learning 150 people would have been killed, but made it clear military action remained firmly on the table.
Launching into one of his trademark eviscerations The Donald told NBC: “I don’t care about Europeans.
“The Europeans are going out and making a lot of money.”
Relations in the region began to worsen significantly when Trump pulled out of a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and six powers and reimposed sanctions on the country.
The sanctions had been lifted under the pact in return for Tehran curbing its controversial nuclear programme.
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Iran has said it would respond firmly to any threat against it and warned earlier today of the risks of a military confrontation.
President Hassan has already accused the Americans of stoking tensions in the Gulf through what Iran has called the violation of its airspace by the US military drone.
Washington said the aircraft was targeted in international air space in “an unprovoked attack”.
Trump told reporters the sanctions were in part a response to last week’s downing of a US drone by Iran[/caption]
The Trump administration wants to force Tehran to open talks on its nuclear and missile programmes and its activities in the region[/caption]