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Trump threatens Iran with ‘obliteration’ and ‘overwhelming force’

President Donald Trump speaks during a signing ceremony for H.R. 2, the "Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018" on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018 in the EEOB building in Washington, D.C. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)
June 25, 2019

Trump threatened “great and overwhelming force” and “obliteration” in response to any attack by Iran.

Trump made the warning in a series of tweets on Tuesday morning in response to Iran’s latest insults and declaration that the path to diplomacy is “permanently closed.”

“Iran leadership doesn’t understand the words ‘nice’ or ‘compassion,’ they never have. Sadly, the thing they do understand is Strength and Power, and the USA is by far the most powerful Military Force in the world, with 1.5 Trillion Dollars invested over the last two years alone,” Trump tweeted.

“The wonderful Iranian people are suffering, and for no reason at all. Their leadership spends all of its money on Terror, and little on anything else. The U.S. has not forgotten Iran’s use of IED’s & EFP’s (bombs), which killed 2000 Americans, and wounded many more,” he continued.

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“Iran’s very ignorant and insulting statement, put out today, only shows that they do not understand reality. Any attack by Iran on anything American will be met with great and overwhelming force. In some areas, overwhelming will mean obliteration. No more John Kerry & Obama!” Trump concluded.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani leveled new insults against Trump and the U.S. as a result of new sanctions Trump imposed on Iran and its leaders on Monday.

Rouhani said the White House has been “afflicted by mental retardation and does not know what to do” by imposing sanctions, which he described as “outrageous and idiotic,” the Associated Press reported on Tuesday.

The remarks came as Rouhani expressed frustration over sanctions concurrent with requests for talks.

“The useless sanctioning of Islamic Revolution Supreme Leader [Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei], and the commander of Iranian diplomacy means closing the doors of diplomacy by the US desperate administration,” Abbas Mousavi, a Foreign Ministry spokesman, said on Twitter, according to the state-run IRNA news agency.