White House blames Iran over war of words with Trump - Ireland

Fox News foreign policy analyst Kiron Skinner on President Trump's decision to pull the USA out of the Iran nuclear deal.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned the United States on Sunday that it could shut down global oil shipments in the strategic Strait of Hormuz if Washington continued to provoke Tehran.

Rouhani warned in a speech in the Iranian capital, Tehran, on Sunday that a conflict with Iran would be the "mother of all wars" and that the U.S. would "regret it" if it didn't stop escalating tensions with the country, prompting a response from Trump. Rouhani cautioned Trump to stop "playing with the lion's tail or else you will regret it".

Many in Iran have expressed frustration that Trump has seemed willing to engage with North Korea, which has openly boasted of producing nuclear weapons, but not Iran, which signed the landmark 2015 nuclear deal with world powers. There have been Iranian protests against the government in recent months. A more significant set of sanctions that will hit Iran's oil industry and central bank by punishing countries and companies that do business with them will resume November 4.

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

Rouhani had said Sunday that "American must understand well that peace with Iran is the mother of all peace and war with Iran is the mother of all wars".

Sanders says Trump is not trying to change the conversation from his much-criticized Helsinki summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin last week.

The tweet is reverberating across the Middle East.

Trump's National Security Council pushed back with a statement saying: "Our differences are with the Iranian regime's actions and, in particular, with the actions of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, not the Iranian people".

Tension has remained high between the two countries since May when Trump withdrew the US from a nuclear deal, which was signed in 2015 between Iran and the P5+1 group of nations (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany). "BE CAUTIOUS!", Trump wrote.

Zarif is not the only state official to have chimed in on the Twitter feud.

The US is seeking to tighten the economic screws on Iran after abandoning the Iran nuclear accord and reimposing stringent sanctions. He described them as "merely polished front men for (Khamenei's) worldwide con artistry".

The analyst added that "neither Iran, nor any other country is interested in escalating tensions in the region".

"Both America and Iran have threatened one another in different ways for several years", shrugged Mohsen Taheri, a 58-year-old publisher.

In pointed remarks, Pompeo said Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, controls a hedge fund valued at $95 billion - a fund called the Setad (and on which Reuters did a special report in 2013).

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