For years Iran has remained relatively quiet with their threats to the United States, thanks in part to the Iran nuclear deal they signed three years ago. Back in May, however, President Trump decided to go against the vast majority of the international community and pull the United States out of the deal.
This week, it appears as if Iran began to fight back verbally. After taking the high road, and saying that they will remain in the deal, shifting the pressure to the United States and Trump, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, last night, warned Trump:
“Don’t play with fire, or you will regret. We are noble people and we have guaranteed in the history security of the Strait in the region. “America must understand well that peace with Iran is the mother of all peace and war with Iran is the mother of all wars.”
Very late last night, President Trump decided to turn to his preferred line of communication, Twitter, in order to respond, and his all-caps response was anything but ‘presidential’:
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. WE ARE NO LONGER A COUNTRY THAT WILL STAND FOR YOUR DEMENTED WORDS OF VIOLENCE & DEATH. BE CAUTIOUS!
While one can’t fault the President for sticking up for this nation, most political pundits will likely see this as yet another overreaction and misuse of Twitter in a way which literally could spark a nuclear war in the Middle East. The tweet resembles a similar message he sent to nuclear power North Korea last year after that nation threatened us. He said that such threats will be “met with fire and fury and frankly power, the likes of which this world has never seen before.”
Within hours of Trump’s tweet, Iran’s state-owned news agency IRNA completely dismissed the tweet, saying that it is a “passive reaction” to President Rouhani’s earlier remarks.