Trump warns Iran of "consequences" in all-caps Twitter rebuke

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Social media users have responded to President Trump's angry Twitter threat towards Iranian leader Hassan Rouhani by aping his words to air their own grievances.

Mr Rouhani also scoffed at Mr Trump's threat to halt Iranian oil exports, saying: "Anyone who understands the rudiments of politics doesn't say "we will stop Iran's oil exports". The U.S.is trying to stop those exports through sanctions, but Iran has hinted at blocking the Strait of Hormuz-the only way ships can get from the Persian Gulf out to sea-in retaliation.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said at the weekend that the USA was not afraid to sanction top-ranking leaders of the "nightmare" Iranian regime, pursuing a strategy aimed at Iranian compliance with stringent U.S. demands.

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

Though Rouhani's comments are relatively common for Iranian officials, portraying their nation as ready to defend themselves while also open to peace, President Trump's response seems to be taking the bellicosity his own comments on Iran are known for to new extremes. Addressing a crowd of Iranian Americans, Pompeo had said that the people of Iran had been living under a tyrannical rule since the last 40 years and the United States stands by their protest.

On Sunday, Rouhani made a televised address in which he warned Trump not to escalate tensions with Iran.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo launched a rhetorical assault on Iran's leaders on Sunday, comparing them to a "mafia" and promising unspecified backing for Iranians unhappy with their government.

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The escalation of bellicose rhetoric comes just three weeks before the first round of banking sanctions suspended under the nuclear deal is reimposed.

"It framed the secretary's Reaganesque approach to confronting the Islamic Republic of Iran and his conviction that, with US support, the demand of Iranians for freedom and democracy will leave the Islamic Republic on the ash heap of history as it left the Soviet Union", he said.

"You can not provoke the Iranian people against their own security and interests", Rouhani said in a televised speech Sunday, ahead of Pompeo's address.

The heightened rhetoric follows the Trump administration's launch of an offensive of speeches and online communications meant to foment unrest and pressure Iran to end its nuclear program and its support of militant groups, according to us officials.

Several dozen protesters lined the route to the site, including one group that distributed fliers opposing both Iran's current government and any U.S. intervention in Iran. It might have been nothing more than a cynical attempt to placate hawkish elements within his party, who, though obliged to defend his conduct in Helsinki, are not used to having to argue for the virtues of mollifying foreign leaders with whom the United States is at odds. "Iranians want to be governed with dignity, accountability and respect". He assured them that the Trump administration shared their dreams for the people of Iran. Iranian leaders reject USA claims about developing nuclear weapons and supporting terrorism.

In naming Iranian officials who have amassed fortunes while the people struggle, Pompeo cited "thieving thug" Sadeq Larijani, head of the Iranian Judiciary, who he said is now worth $300 million.

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