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SEPTEMBER 2020

Trump Promises “Obliteration” Of Iran In Response To Attacks On “Anything American”

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Trump Promises "Obliteration" Of Iran In Response To Attacks On "Anything American"

A Harpoon missile is launched from the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh (CG-67) during a live-fire exercise on Sept. 15, 2014. US Navy Photo

After imposing a new round of sanctions on Iran in response to the RQ-4A Global Hawk shootdown over the Strait of Hormuz, US President Donald Trump came with fresh threats against Iran.

“Iran leadership doesn’t understand the words “nice” or “compassion,” they never have,” Trump said.

The President added that any Iranian attack “on anything American will be met with great and overwhelming force. In some areas, overwhelming will mean obliteration”.

Earlier, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said that the new US sanctions proved that Washington was lying about seeking to hold talks with Tehran. 

“You [the US] call for negotiations. If you are telling the truth, why are you simultaneously seeking to sanction our foreign minister, too? It is obvious that you are lying,” the Iranian President said.

You, yourself, refused to negotiate, disrupted [the  talks], reneged on your promises, annulled your own signature and told the world that you have no credulity and ‘not to trust us,’” Rouhani added.

Rouhani mocked a US decision to “seize assets of” Ayatollah Khamenei.

“Iran’s Leader is not like those of other countries, who have billions in an account abroad so you can sanction it, seize it or block it,” said Rouhani. “To sanction him for what? Not to travel to America?”

The Iranian president added that his country is “not afraid of the US, but we’ve been exercising strategic patience”.

Meanwhile, Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani said that Iran will “decisively” start the “second phase” of freezing its obligations under the 2015 nuclear deal from July 7.

According to him, the decition will be a message to “those countries, which have construed Iran’s patience as weakness and inaction”. It will be a reaction to “deceitful political attempts aimed at restricting the Iranian people’s obvious rights,” he added.

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