Earlier in the day President Donald Trump issued an all-caps threat to the Islamic Republic of Iran and its president via Twitter after the country’s president said that pursuing hostilities against his country would lead to “the mother of all wars.”
Trump tweeted, “To Iranian President Rouhani: NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE. WE ARE NO LONGER A COUNTRY THAT WILL STAND FOR YOUR DEMENTED WORDS OF VIOLENCE & DEATH. BE CAUTIOUS!”
These comments came at the same time as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was speaking at a Reagan Forum in Simi Valley, California, on the topic of Iran.
Pompeo lambasted the country for perceived corruption and human rights abuses, while also offering direct talks with the Iranian regime.
Hassan Rouhani, Iran’s president, issued his threat to the United States at a gathering of diplomats, according to the state-run Islamic Republic News Agency.
“Mr. Trump, don’t play with the lion’s tail, this would only lead to regret,” the IRNA reported. “America should know that peace with Iran is the mother of all peace, and war with Iran is the mother of all wars.”
The United States is “undertaking a diplomatic and financial pressure campaign to cut off the funds that the regime uses to enrich itself and support death and destruction,” Pompeo stated.
Despite mixed messages from senior State Department officials in recent weeks, Pompeo made clear that this pressure campaign includes dropping Iranian oil imports to “as close to zero as possible by Nov. 4” when sanctions against Iran snap back into place.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.