WASHINGTON/ANKARA (Reuters) – Iran on Monday dismissed an indignant warning from U.S. President Donald Trump that Tehran risked dire penalties “the like of which few all through historical past have suffered earlier than” if it made threats towards the US.
Iranian International Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif hit again at Trump’s warning, which the U.S. chief delivered written in capital letters in a late-night tweet.
“COLOR US UNIMPRESSED: The world heard even harsher bluster just a few months in the past. And Iranians have heard them —albeit extra civilized ones—for 40 yrs. We’ve been round for millennia & seen fall of empires, incl our personal, which lasted greater than the lifetime of some nations,” Zarif wrote on Twitter.
“BE CAUTIOUS!” he wrote in capital letters, echoing precise phrases from Trump.
Iran has been beneath growing U.S. strain and doable sanctions since Trump’s resolution in Might to withdraw the US from a 2015 settlement between world powers and Iran over its disputed nuclear program.
Bitter foes since Iran’s 1979 revolution, Washington and Tehran have cranked up speak of struggle in latest days.
The Trump administration has launched an offensive of speeches and on-line communications meant to foment unrest and assist strain Iran to finish its nuclear program and its help of militant teams.
Regardless of the heightened rhetoric, either side have causes to need to keep away from beginning a battle.
Trump’s phrases seemed to be in response to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani saying that hostile insurance policies towards Tehran may result in “the mom of all wars.”
In his tweet directed at Rouhani, Trump wrote: “By no means, ever threaten the US once more or you’ll undergo penalties the likes of which few all through historical past have ever suffered earlier than. We’re now not a rustic that may stand on your demented phrases of violence & loss of life. Be cautious!”
Rouhani had instructed a gathering of Iranian diplomats on Sunday: “Mr Trump, don’t play with the lion’s tail, this may solely result in remorse.”
“America ought to know that peace with Iran is the mom of all peace, and struggle with Iran is the mom of all wars,” stated Rouhani, quoted by the state information company IRNA.
Trump is beneath strain from U.S. lawmakers for taking too comfortable a line towards Russia in a summit final week with President Vladimir Putin.
His Iran tweet resembled ones he issued final 12 months to warn North Korea over its nuclear weapons program. However in June, Trump met North Korean chief Kim Jong Un within the first U.S.-North Korean summit. After the assembly either side declared a brand new friendship and made imprecise pledges of nuclear disarmament.
On the White Home, Trump in a while Monday stated, “none in any respect,” in response to a shouted query about whether or not he had any issues about upsetting tensions with Iran.
Though Rouhani left open the opportunity of peace between Tehran and Washington, Iran’s strongest authority Supreme Chief Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Saturday dominated out negotiations with the US as an “apparent mistake.”
There may be restricted urge for food in Washington for a battle with Iran, not least due to the difficulties the U.S. navy confronted in Iraq after its 2003 invasion but additionally due to the influence on the worldwide financial system if battle raised oil costs.
Many extraordinary Iranians are frightened that the confrontation may result in a navy confrontation however insiders in Tehran instructed Reuters they believed the Trump administration wouldn’t drag the US into one other quagmire within the Center East.
With common discontent over Iran’s faltering financial system and sliding foreign money, and the prospect of robust new U.S. sanctions, Iran’s leaders have known as for unity.
The Iranian rial plunged to a document low towards the U.S. greenback on the unofficial market on Monday amid fears of a navy confrontation. The greenback was being provided for as a lot as 92,000 rials, in comparison with round 75,000 final week.
Many Iranians are largely skeptical of the Trump administration’s professed help for Iranian residents due to the harsh U.S. sanctions on the nation and a visa ban imposed on Iranians barring them from coming into the US.
Whereas Washington prepares to reimpose financial sanctions on Tehran after pulling out of the nuclear deal, Iran’s faction-ridden non secular and political elites have closed ranks towards Trump’s hawkish method to Tehran.
Nonetheless, rising strains with the US will ultimately enhance Rouhani’s anti-Western hardline rivals who concern shedding energy if the nuclear accord, championed by Rouhani, ended the nation’s political and financial isolation.
Whereas the US has a considerable navy presence within the area, a full-scale navy confrontation with Iran could be a significant, pricey endeavor that might eclipse the U.S. struggle in Iraq. It may additionally distract from different U.S. nationwide safety priorities, together with Russia and North Korea.
In response to Iran’s threats, the U.S. navy has renewed a vow to safe free circulation of oil from the Strait of Hormuz. Nonetheless, a minimum of as of final week, the Pentagon stated these Iranian threats had not led the U.S. navy to reposition or add to forces within the Center East.
“We haven’t adjusted our power posture in response to any of these statements. And I don’t suppose that’s warranted. I wouldn’t suggest that,” John Rood, beneath secretary of protection for coverage, instructed a safety discussion board in Colorado on Friday.
Extra reporting by Steve Holland and Phil Stewart in Washington, Brendan O’Brien, Dubai newsroom, Dan Williams in Jerusalem; Writing by Parisa Hafezi and Yara Bayoumy; Modifying by Mark Heinrich and Alistair Bell