USA anti-Iran remarks are ‘psychological warfare’ & interference in state matters - Tehran

The tweet, which was posted late Sunday night, follows an apparent warning issued by Iran's President Hassan Rouhani, in which he cautioned Americans "must understand that war with Iran is the mother of all wars and peace with Iran is the mother of all peace", according to Iranian state media reports. The tweet was sent at 11:24 p.m., after the president returned to the White House from spending the weekend at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey.

As Pompeo noted in his speech to Iranian-Americans and others in California on Sunday, the centerpiece will be the re-imposition of USA economic sanctions; the first batch will go back into force on August 4 targeting the Iranian automotive sector and trade in gold and other metals. Ten minutes into his speech, he was heckled by a protester, who shouted about the Trump administration "kidnapping children".

A prominent Lebanese analyst said he is concerned the exchange between the United States and Iranian presidents has brought the two countries to the brink of war.

Mr Rouhani earlier said that war with Iran would be "the mother of all wars".

Rouhani also suggested Iran could immediately ramp up its production of uranium in response to US pressure.

"In a single day the Trump administration has firmly steered the USA onto a path of confrontation with Iran", remarked Rainwater. "That small group who have been defeated by this insane president's psychological warfare should know that America will not be satisfied with anything less than our destruction", he said.

The Iranian leader warned Mr Trump to stop "playing with the lion's tail" and threatening Iran, "or else you will regret it". He said moderates in Iran are "unicorns", including Rouhani and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif - the "polished frontmen for the ayatollahs' global con artistry".

However, at least as of last week, the Pentagon said those Iranian threats had not led the US military to reposition or add to forces in the Middle East.

"COLOR US UNIMPRESSED", Zarif wrote in English, mimicking Trump's caps-lock message.

The United States is also set to reimpose harsh sanctions after withdrawing from the nuclear deal with Iran and world powers earlier this year.

As the New York Times noted,"last month the United States said it would impose sanctions on all exporters of Iranian oil".

Trump's tweeted warning late on 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 general also addressed Iranians opposed to the regime who may see Trump's words as a green light to expand and intensify ongoing protests against the government.

Washington initially planned to totally shut Iran out of global oil markets after Mr Trump abandoned the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, demanding all other countries to stop buying its crude by November. The other signatories to the deal - China, France, Germany, European Union, Iran, Russia, United Kingdom - have vowed to stand by it.

Iran reacted to Pompeo's speech as an interference in Tehran's affairs.

"To the regime, prosperity, security, and freedom for the Iranian people are acceptable casualties in the march to fulfill the Revolution", Pompeo said in remarks delivered at the Ronald Reagan National Library in Simi Valley, California.

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

  • Eleanor Harrison