Trump steps up pressure, but Iran says it's 'unimpressed'

Trump steps up pressure, but Iran says it's 'unimpressed'

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif fired back at Donald Trump on Monday, calling the United States president's Sunday threat via Twitter unimpressive.

"The level of corruption and wealth among regime leaders shows that Iran is run by something that resembles the mafia more than a government", said Pompeo, who also pledged unspecified support for Iranians unhappy with their government.

He added that Trump "is letting the Iranian president know there's a new sheriff in town".

President Donald Trump has said the USA is ready to make a "real deal" with Iran over its nuclear programme, days after he warned Tehran of historic consequences for threatening America.

Limbert was among those held captive at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran during the 1979-1981 Iran hostage crisis, and more recently advised the Obama administration.

President Donald Trump was back on Twitter again this week denouncing Iran, this time, in harsh terms and insinuating war or destruction at the hands of the United States.




"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", Trump wrote.

In early 2017 retailers including Nordstrom Inc, Sears Holdings Corp and Kmart dropped or sharply scaled back their assortment of Trump-branded products, though they typically attributed those decisions to poor sales. "Empty/ridiculous USA rhetoric in response to same from Iran".

In the case of North Korea, the verbal war cooled quickly and gradually led to the high-profile summit and denuclearization talks.

After speaking with European officials about Trump's warnings, International Crisis Group president Rob Malley said diplomats on the continent were not "really taking it seriously". But that approach faces an uncertain future now that Washington has withdrawn from the nuclear deal with Iran, and quickly moved to use its tremendous economic leverage to pressure all other nations to stop importing Iranian oil, the life-blood of the Iranian economy. And Saudi Arabia, whose leaders have worked to build a cozy relationship with Trump, has been after Trump to curb Iran's influence in the region. Iran has insisted it will not renegotiate the deal.

He tempered these remarks on Tuesday, saying: "We're ready to make a real deal" with Iran.

Tehran is already aware of what is coming from the administration as consequences of Trump's May withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear accord take shape. "He was responding to comments made from them, and he's going to continue to focus on the safety and security of American people", Sanders said at the White House briefing later Monday.

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