Schumer chides Trump for heated rhetoric on Iran

25 July, 2018, 21:00 | Author: Orlando Hughes
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Zarif is not the only state official to have chimed in on the Twitter feud.

Trump's tweeted warning late Sunday to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani - all in capital letters, the digital equivalent of shouting - sparked questions about Washington's strategy towards the Islamic republic.

The Republican leader's response was reminiscent of the belligerent tone he took with North Korea a year ago.

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

MARTIN: So does that mean regular Iranians are both irked at the US for reimposing these sanctions and also at their own government for not having these structural safeguards put in place?

The same news agency quoted Armed Forces Chief of Staff Major General Mohammad Bagheri as saying US threats would draw a "strong, unimaginable and regrettable" response from Iran, according to Reuters.

Separately, Iran's parliamentary speaker on Tuesday described Trump's comments as "the words of a troublemaker". At the same time there is little doubt that Trump's unpredictability has unnerved many in the Iranian regime. "COLOR US UNIMPRESSED", Zarif said, adding that "we've been around for millennia & seen fall of empires, incl our own, which lasted more than the life of some countries".

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Tehran claims that Trump's belligerent foreign policy has isolated the United States globally, and that the European Union and many other countries stand with Iran.

However, National Security Advisor John Bolton echoed the president's tough rhetoric in a statement Monday.

A senior commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guard was quoted in Iranian media saying "Iran will resist pressure from the enemies" and that Trump's threats against the country amounted to "psychological warfare", Reuters reported.

Democrats have expressed alarm about Trump's Iran bluster. "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.

But Ghaemi, speaking via Skype, said the Trump administration's other policies hurt average Iranians.

"The United States under President Trump will not stay silent either", he said.

Under the deal struck between Iran and six major powers - Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States - in Vienna in 2015, Tehran agreed to curb its nuclear activities in exchange for the lifting of crippling economic sanctions. I think Iranians were sort of thinking, well, what do we do now?

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