Donald Trump has threatened Iran will “suffer the consequences the likes of which few throughout history have ever suffered before” in a late night tweet all in capital letters that threatened to further imperil relations between the United States and the Iranian government, The Guardian reported.
The post, sent at 11:24 pm ET on Sunday night, came after Iranian president Hassan Rouhani warned the US earlier in the day about pursuing hostile policy against his government, suggesting that “war with Iran is the mother of all wars”. Rouhani had also not ruled out peace, according to comments reported by the Iranian state news agency, IRNA.
The US president, who returned to the White House on Sunday evening after spending the weekend at his golf course in Bedminster, New Jersey, addressed his tweet directly to Rouhani, warning the president to “NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN”.
The message continued: “WE ARE NO LONGER A COUNTRY THAT WILL STAND FOR YOUR DEMENTED WORDS OF VIOLENCE & DEATH. BE CAUTIOUS!”
Trump, who is still reeling from domestic criticism over his handling of a summit with Russian president Vladimir Putin and the continued fallout of the ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, withdrew the US from the Iran nuclear deal earlier in the year. The move unraveled a signature foreign policy achievement of the Obama administration and threatened to destabilize Iran’s denuclearisation program.
On Sunday, president Rouhani had addressed Trump directly during his reported remarks: “Mr Trump, don’t play with the lion’s tail, this would only lead to regret.”
He went on: “America should know that peace with Iran is the mother of all peace, and war with Iran is the mother of all wars.”