Trump and Iran Trade Barbs Over Twitter

Hugh Fox
July 25, 2018

Protests have mounted in recent weeks in Iran, as the country struggles with an economic crisis that has grown more severe since President Trump's decision in May to pull the US out of the Iran nuclear deal and reimpose sanctions on the country.

In May, Trump - who has made Iran his public enemy number one - announced the USA withdrawal from what he called a "defective" multinational nuclear deal with Tehran, and moved to reinstate punishing sanctions.

Earlier on Sunday, the Iranian leader had warned Trump to stop "playing with the lion's tail" and threatening Iran, "or else you will regret it".

However, Trump announced the US' withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) or the Iran nuclear deal in May, which limited the country's uranium enrichment in exchange for sanctions relief. This could be interpreted as a veiled threat to block the Strait of Hormuz, through which some 30 percent of global oil exports go; some lower-ranking Iranian officials have said openly that such a plan exists.

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Trump employed similarly heated rhetoric when responding to threats and missile tests by North Korea a year ago.

Ben Shapiro said the uproar to President Trump's warning to Iran is another example of overreaction by the mainstream media to every move he makes. A top Iranian military official said USA threats against Iran will draw a, quote, "strong, unimaginable and regrettable response".

"We've been around for millennia & seen fall of empires, [including] our own, which lasted more than the life of some countries".

"Europe isn't immune to Iran-backed terrorism".

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"We have a bit of a Goldilocks problem when it comes to Iran on a number of levels, and this is one of them", she said. They did not include benchmarks for Iranian democracy or human rights.

Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, acknowledged that Iran's terrorist activities in the Middle East pose a threat but suggested it wouldn't be solved through a tweet from Trump. "And we'll see what happens, but we're ready to make a real deal, not the deal that was done by the previous administration, which was a disaster", he said.

He told the ILNA news agency in a separate interview that any economic package by the European Union, Russia and China should "guarantee Iran's interests" if the 2015 nuclear agreement is going to continue to exist.

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