'Never, ever threaten the United States again': Trump lashes out at Iran

Brigadier-General Qolam Hossein Qeibparvar the commander of Iran's volunteer Basij forces

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday commended US President Donald Trump and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for their "strong stance" on Iran, after the American leader fired off an angry tweet threatening the Islamic Republic and his top diplomat compared Tehran's leadership to a "mafia".

The tweet came on the heels of Rouhani's warning to Trump that hostile policies could lead to the "mother of all wars" with Iran. "Iranians want to be governed with dignity, accountability and respect". Iran has met protests with security forces and violence time and time again, but the unrest has continued on a regular basis throughout 2018.

Eight percent of respondents wanted to see tighter sanctions on Iran or wanted Washington to back anti-regime figures in Iran, while seven percent wanted the United States to boost support for regional United States allies like Israel and Saudi Arabia.

"The idea that problems can be resolved through negotiations or relations with the United States is a major error", he added.

It comes after Rouhani warned the USA against "playing with the lion's tail" and threatening Iran. Many of them fled Iran after the revolution that brought Iran's ayatollahs to power.

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.

In a May 21 speech in Washington, Pompeo said Iranian leaders refused to spend on their people funds freed by the nuclear weapons deal, using it instead for proxy wars and corruption.

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

The sanctions are set to be reimposed November 4, and more than 50 worldwide firms have said they will leave the Iranian market, Brian Hook, a State Department policy and planning director, said earlier this month. "Regime leaders - especially those at the top of the IRGC and the Quds Force like Qasem Soleimani - must be made to feel painful consequences of their bad decision making", the top U.S. diplomat said, referring to Iran's special forces and Revolutionary Guards. Iran ships its oil through the Strait of Hormuz.

The Trump administration's strategy seems simple: to exploit the already growing tensions within the Iranian society that are being exacerbated by renewed United States sanctions that have forced some foreign firms to leave.

In a briefing to reporters this week ahead of the speech, a senior State Department official said Pompeo plans to address in his speech the "last 40 years of stealing from the Iranian people, the terrorism they have committed around the region, the brutal repression at home".

Another Tehran resident, Mehdi Naderi, fretted that the US measures and his own government's policies are damaging the lives of the average Iranian.

Pompeo refused to distinguish between moderates and radicals at the heart of the Islamic republic.

Pompeo said America stands in solidarity with Iranians and reiterated that the US expects countries to "significantly" reduce their dependence on Iranian oil or face tough new sanctions after November 4.

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