donald throws yet more toys from his pram

Trump threatens Iran with ‘OBLITERATION’ by ‘overwhelming force’ if it attacks ‘anything Pindosi’
RT.com, Jun 25 2019

Arguing that Iran understands only “strength and power,” Trump threatened to show them just that, tweeting that any Iranian attack on Pindostan would be met with “overwhelming force” and “obliteration.” As relations between Iran and Pindostan strain to the brink of open conflict, Trump warned in a Tuesday tweet:

The president’s brash tweets came in response to Iran’s statement earlier in the day, which declared that diplomatic channels between the two countries were now permanently closed due to Trump placing sanctions on Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei. However, it might have been the way the declaration was announced that ruffled Trump, as President Hassan Rouhani also called his administration “mentally retarded.” Tuesday’s rhetorical stand-off follows several recent escalations in the ongoing conflict between the two countries. After Faschingstein accused Tehran of attacking two tankers in the Gulf of Oman, Iran shot down a Pindo surveillance drone for allegedly violating its airspace. While Trump says he called off an actual military strike against the country at the final moment, he has since imposed new economic sanctions, promising they would not be the last.

Tehran Slams Sanctions on Khamenei as Attack on Nation, as Trump Threatens Iran With ‘Obliteration’
Sputnik News, Jun 25 2019

Iranian government spokesman Ali Rabiei stated on Jun 25 that the Pindo move to impose sanctions on Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei is essentially a “direct attack on a nation”. He added that the move will only unite Iranians. Rabiei added that if Pindostan goes ahead with the threatened sanctions against Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, it will show that Faschingstein is in fact not interested in any negotiations, despite its claims. At the same time, Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi stated in the wake of the imposition of new sanctions that Tehran no longer sees reasons to abide by the nuclear deal commitments unilaterally. He said:

With attention to the promises that have not been carried out from the European side, there is no reason left for Iran to carry out its commitments unilaterally. Iran has kept the window of diplomacy open by reducing its commitments incrementally.

This was just the latest warning from Iran on reducing its commitments under the nuclear deal, after it honoured the accord for a year after Pindostan withdrew from it and started imposing sanctions. Tehran is expected to announce another reduction in its commitments on Jul 7, unless the remaining signatories to the nuclear deal find a way to protect it from the Pindo sanctions. Pindostan has imposed new “hard-hitting” sanctions on Iran over its alleged “hostile conduct” on Jun 24. Trump tied them with a downed Pindo drone incident over Strait of Hormuz at first, but later revealed that they would have been rolled out eventually anyway. New sanctions targeted Ayatollah Khamenei and those “close to him” in a bid to cut them off from any financial sources, as well as 8 senior members of the IRGC. On the same day, Mnuchin announced that Javad Zarif will also be targeted with sanctions later in the week, and Trump threatened Tehran with a harsh response to any hostile action it might undertake against anything Pindo-related, reiterating his earlier statements in which he promised that such attacks will be “the end of Iran.”

The president further argued that Iran allegedly only understands “strength and power,” which he promised to use if necessary instead of “compassion,” referring to the enormous Pindo military budget in his tweet. He also slammed the approach to bilateral relations with Iran, utilised by the Obama administration, which negotiated a nuclear deal with Tehran that lifted sanctions and ensured the peaceful nature of its nuclear programme. Trump also apparently lashed out at earlier statements by Javad Zarif, who mocked Pindo concerns that its strike in retaliation for the downed drone could kill 150 people, by recalling that Faschingstein murdered many more with its nuclear weapon back in 1945.

Zarif Trolls Trump for Anticipating Iran Strike Would Kill 150
Sputnik News, Jun 25 2019

Tensions between Pindostan and Iran have spiked dramatically following Thursday’s downing of a Pindo spy drone that Iran claimed was operating in its airspace. Javad Zarif pointed out Tuesday, as cited by IRIB news agency, that his country is not poised to pursue a nuclear arms programme  “because of our religious views,” unlike Pindostan. Zarif pointed to Pindostan having widely exploited its nuclear arsenal in the past, and specially brought up Trump’s recent comments that he had called off a military strike on Iran because it would have otherwise killed 150 people. In an apparent nod to the devastating atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Aug 1945, which ended WW2, Zarif asked rhetorically:

You were really worried about 150 people? How many people have you killed with a nuclear weapon? How many generations have you wiped out with these weapons?

A day earlier, on Jun 24, Zarif lashed out at leaders in Israel, Toad Arabia and Pindostan, saying they “despise diplomacy and thirst for war” on the heels of a fresh round of Pindo-imposed “major” sanctions targeting Iranian leaders and top-ranking officials. Last week, Iran reported  it had downed a Pindo surveillance drone as it was moving over Hormozgan Province after it violated the country’s airspace, with CENTCOM responding  by denying the incident, arguing that the drone was taken down during the operations over international waters in the Strait of Hormuz. The incident prompted Trump to declare he had called off a strike against Iran because he believed the projected casualty rate of 150 deaths was disproportionate to the Pindo loss of a surveillance drone. Tensions between the two countries have soured dramatically since Washington unilaterally withdrew from the P5+1 Iran nuclear deal in May 2018, citing Iran’s failure to comply with its terms, according to which world leaders maintained ties, including trade, with the Islamic Republic in exchange for scrapping of its nuclear weapons programme. Many European countries, as well as Russia, refused to condone Faschingstein’s move, stating they intended to uphold their economic ties with Iran.

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