Iran general warns Donald Trump: 'US will regret threatening Tehran'

Iran general warns Donald Trump: 'US will regret threatening Tehran'

Pompeo compared Iran's government to the mafia and said he supported the Iranian protesters who have taken to the streets for months.

Gearing up to implement tough economic sanctions on an Iranian economy that is already faltering, Mr. Trump and his top advisers also have made it clear to Iran's leaders in the past two days that the USA will no longer sit back quietly in the face of Tehran's typical "death to America" rhetoric and other threats.

Tehran reacted to Pompeo's speech as an interference in Tehran's affairs, the semi-official Tasnim news agency reported.

The agreement forced Iran to curtail its uranium enrichment capacity to prevent it developing nuclear weapons, and imposed stringent verification processes, in exchange for relief on crippling sanctions.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif hit back at Trump's warning, which the us leader delivered written in capital letters in a late-night tweet.

"Be cautious." The tweet came hours after President Rouhani gave a speech during which he warned the USA against further conflict against Iran because it would be "the mother of all wars".

"I absolutely feel that [the US should have sent troops], yes", Trump told gossip columnist Rona Barrett in 1980.

She wouldn't directly say whether Trump consulted with his national security team before the tweet.

"Drive them out of Syria, don't cut a deal with Russian Federation to give them Syria".

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The already tense relations between Washington and Tehran have been strained further by the US State Department's campaign to subvert the Iranian government through propaganda. "I don't think there's any question, and there is no question in my mind".

"There's more to come", Pompeo said. "I wouldn't recommend that", he said.

While Trump's "tough stand" was hailed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, it also provoked an avalanche of questions about its exact meaning and impact.

"To our Iranian-American and Iranian friends: The Trump Administration dreams the same dreams for the people of #Iran as you do, and through our labors and God's providence they will one day come true", he tweeted.

There is limited appetite in Washington for a conflict with Iran, not least because of the difficulties the USA military faced in Iraq after its 2003 invasion but also because of the impact on the global economy if conflict raised oil prices.

As CBS News correspondent Elizabeth Palmer reports, on Tuesday a spokesman for Iran's Foreign Ministry said there would be "equal countermeasures" if the USA pushes ahead with attempts to block Iranian oil exports.

Even before Trump's tweet, his administration had already intensified the rhetoric against the regime.

There is little interest among United States lawmakers for a conflict with Iran.

"And the United States under President Trump will not stay silent either", he said.

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