Iranian President Hassan Rouhani threatens to close Strait of Hormuz

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani attends a news conference in Vienna Austria

President Trump threatened Iran's President Hassan Rouhani in a late-night tweet on Sunday, responding angrily after Rouhani criticized Trump, warned the American president, "don't play with the lion's tail" - and said that "war with Iran is the mother of all wars".

But Trump's bellicose, all-caps challenge addressed to President Hassan Rouhani followed a speech by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in which he accused Iran's leadership of massive corruption and widespread rights abuses and urged Iranians to rise up in protest.

The tweet resembles a similar message he sent to nuclear power North Korea a year ago after that nation threatened us.

In May, Trump announced that the United States is pulling out of the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers and reimposing tough sanctions.

With Tehran scrabbling to salvage the deal with the other participants in the pact, the USA has taken an increasingly hard line, prompting companies such as the energy giant Total and shipper Maersk to end operations in the country.

On Monday, Bolton doubled down, saying, "President Trump told me that if Iran does anything at all to the negative, they will pay a price like few countries have ever paid before".

Trump had issued a fiery threat aimed at Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday night, appearing to threaten war if Iran's government continues to issue threats toward the US and its allies.

"You are not in a position to incite the Iranian nation against Iran's security and interests", Rouhani said, in an apparent reference to reported efforts by Washington to destabilize Iran's Islamic government.

"Sometimes it seems the world has become desensitized to the regime's authoritarianism at home and its campaigns of violence overseas, but the proud Iranian people are not staying silent about their government's many abuses", Mr. Pompeo said in a speech at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in California.




Rouhani and Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei have both rejected calls to negotiate with Trump over a replacement sanctions relief deal.

Iranian officials have in the past threatened to block the Strait of Hormuz in retaliation for any hostile United States action.

The tweet, which is likely to be construed as a threat of war among Tehran's hardliners, has echoes of Trump's "fire and fury" comments from last summer.

Pompeo referred to this case in his speech and made an interesting conclusion about the regime.

Pompeo branded Iran's leadership a "mafia" and promised USA backing to groups rebelling against the government, though did not name them.

The Trump administration initially planned to shut Iran out of global oil markets completely, demanding all other countries stop buying Iranian crude by November.

"President Trump's belligerent tweet is another alarming warning sign that he's blundering toward war with Iran", said Sen.

Israel has vigorously lobbied against the Iranian nuclear programme, and sees Iran as one of its main political adversaries.

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