'Never, ever threaten the United States again': Trump to Iran

War with Iran is the mother of all wars, Rouhani tells Trump

War with Iran is the mother of all wars, Rouhani tells Trump

In the tweet, addressed to Rouhani, Trump cautions the Iranian leader to "never, ever threaten the United States again" or suffer "consequences the likes of which few throughout history have ever suffered before".

The all caps missive warning to President Hassan Rouhani to "be cautious" was in response to equally belligerent comments the Iranian leader made at a gathering of his country's diplomats in Tehran Sunday.

He said the administration would pursue "diplomatic and economic pressure campaign" that will support the "shoots of liberty" sprouting across Iran.

There have been a series of anti-government protests in Iran in recent months.

The top general added other than economic sanctions it is not possible to predict what other actions the US would take against Iran in the future.

It would be an "obvious mistake" to negotiate with the United States as Washington was unreliable, Khamenei added, according to his website.

The US is seeking to tighten the economic screws on Iran, abandoning a landmark 2015 nuclear deal and reimposing stringent sanctions.

Prior to Pompeo's speech on Sunday, Iranian President Hasan Rouhani warned Trump not to escalate tensions with Iran, saying a confrontation with Iran would be the "mother of all wars". Conversely, Trump has also expressed support for the Iranian people.

Following the withdrawal, there has been an escalation of rhetoric between Tehran and Washington officials, due to concerns Iran may once again start to develop its nuclear arsenal.

The first round of USA sanctions on Iran will come into force on August 6.

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A U.S. State Department Twitter account has also been set up in Farsi, and propagates articles and messages that are critical of Tehran.

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

"Negotiations with the Europeans should not be stopped, but we should not be just waiting for the European package, but instead we should follow up on necessary activities inside the country (against USA sanctions)", Khamenei said.

Reuters reported on Sunday that high-ranking Iranian government officials are concerned that Trump may be contemplating an invasion of their country - a move which National Security Advisor John Bolton has advocated in the past.

A Trump administration official promised to get the number of countries "importing Iranian crude [oil] down to zero", sparking a backlash in Iran.

Iran faces the possibility of more USA pressure and "looming sanctions", according to the report.

European allies maintain their support for the deal and have vowed to stay in it, though their businesses fear U.S. penalties.

"The United States condemns the oppression levied on the Iranian people by those who rule unjustly", he said.

His speech "only underscores the counterproductive nature of this administration's Iran strategy and parallels efforts by the G. W. Bush administration to prepare for war in Iraq", said Diplomacy Works, an organization that campaigns for the preservation of the nuclear agreement.

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