Trump, Iran drama escalates -- via Twitter

The Latest: Schumer chides Trump for heated rhetoric on Iran

US President Donald Trump on Sunday tweeted a strongly-worded warning to his Iranian counterpart, Hassan Rouhani.

When President Trump warned Iran over Twitter on Sunday night about severe consequences for any threats toward the United States, it did not just come out of the blue.

Mr Rouhani also said: "We should respond to them with action".

"Their message is that the place is on the verge of overthrowing the Islamic Republic, which has been a claim for the last 40 years and that they, in particular, are the logical democratic, pluralistic replacement".

"Reckless Iran rhetoric creates risks - especially if words are unbacked by actionable strategy", Senator Richard Blumenthal said.

On Monday, the White House said the USA president's tweet shows he is not going to tolerate critical rhetoric from Iran and insisted Mr Trump is not escalating tensions between the two countries.

"Could it be that Trump is trying to use Iran to distract us from whatever he's up to with Russian Federation?" he added.

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The same news agency quoted Armed Forces Chief of Staff Major General Mohammad Bagheri as saying USA threats would draw a "strong, unimaginable and regrettable" response from Iran, according to Reuters. It's about as serious this time around, but there's more bad blood behind Trump's deployment of all caps against Iran. A more significant set of sanctions that will hit Iran's oil industry and central bank by punishing countries and companies that do business with them will resume November 4.

More Trump tweeting: "Remember what I previously said".

Several observers noted the similarities between the threats on Iran, and Trump's "maximum pressure" campaign towards Pyongyang. He also said this new deal would not be like the "disaster" deal made by the Obama Administration.

Democrats have expressed alarm about Trump's Iran bluster.

But Ghaemi, speaking via Skype, said the Trump administration's other policies hurt average Iranians.

President Trump at Kansas City, Missouri, on Tuesday. It will resonate with a population that feels cheated out of the economic boon promised from the 2015 nuclear deal, and it's a reminder that America has no quarrel with Iranians, only their leaders. European Union nations are looking at keeping financial channels open for Iran when the United States sanctions hit full force in November.

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