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Donald Trump issues shocking threat to Iranian leader

23 July 2018

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has promised the "strongest sanctions in history" against Iran in the wake of Trump's unnecessary shredding of the agreement.

He lit into what he called Iran's "hypocritical holy men", saying the ruling elites have enriched themselves through corruption, and called out officials by name who he said had plundered government coffers through embezzlement or by winning lucrative contracts.

He added that the "regime in Iran has been a nightmare for the Iranian people".

One high-ranking Iranian officer claimed Trump's overnight outburst was nothing but "psychological warfare", according to state TV. It was not immediately clear what the nature of her protest was. The protester continued to shout, but she was drowned out by audience members shouting her down, and chants of "USA!"

"To our Iranian American and Iranian friends", Pompeo said, "tonight I tell you that the Trump administration dreams the same dreams for the people of Iran as you do, and through our labors and God's providence, that day will come true".

Pompeo also referred to Trump's withdrawal from the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement in May, saying it had freed the U.S. to re-impose financial sanctions on the country and on those doing business with Tehran.

On May 9, the USA pulled out of the Iran nuclear agreement, which aimed to reduce Iran's nuclear capability, after it criticised the terms of the deal for being too lenient.

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 USA to boost support for regional U.S. allies like Israel and Saudi Arabia.

Iran has denied the allegations and said its nuclear program is strictly for civilian purposes.

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'Mr Trump, don't play with the lion's tail, this would only lead to regret. Pompeo said the United States is undertaking a diplomatic and financial pressure campaign to cut off funds, focusing on reimposing sanctions on its banking and energy sectors.

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"Regime leaders.must be made to feel painful consequences of their bad decision-making", he said.

Trump withdrew the United States from the Iran Nuclear Agreement in May and has since threatened the Rouhani government if they choose to restart their nuclear weapons program.

As Iran's working class rejects the government's foreign policy ambitions, the upper class has had their aspirations of foreign travel or education crushed by the recent reforms.

"You are declaring war against Iran and at the same time claim support for them?" "The United States is with you".

"If the Trump administration had a smidgen of goodwill, it would abolish the travel ban against the people of Iran who have never engaged in any acts of terrorism on US soil", Vaez added.

Pompeo said the action showed that USA authorities "were not afraid to tackle the regime at its highest level". "Any alternative to the Islamic republic should be homegrown, not engineered in the Golden State (California)", Vaez said in an e-mail to RFE/RL.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks during a joint news conference as part of a meeting with Austria's Chancellor Sebastian Kurz at the federal chancellery in Vienna, Austria, Wednesday, July 4, 2018.

Donald Trump issues shocking threat to Iranian leader