>> US president Donald Trump on Friday rising early and issuing a Twitter threat against a rival nation. Iran is playing with fire, they don't appreciate how kind President Obama was to them. Not me! It's the second day in a row the Commander in Chief has decided to rattle his digital saber at an enemy state.
His tweets matching the rhetoric of his national security advisor, who warned that Tehran was put on notice following a ballistic missile test. And now to Tehran responding in kind, minutes after Trump's tweet Friday, Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif posting his own. Iran unmoved by threats as we derive our security from our people.
We'll never initiate war, but we can only rely on our own means of defense. It's unclear whether Trump intended to engage in diplomacy or is merely tweeting in response to the early morning lineup on a cable news network. His threat to Iran sandwiched between posts attacking Arnold Schwarzenegger and the fake news media.
But it comes as his administration is readying new sanctions on the Islamic Republic, expected Friday. Sources telling Reuters the new sanctions will target multiple Iranian entities and individuals. The measure's aimed at putting pressure onto Iran for what the White House calls its destabilizing behavior. And the sanctions could mark an opening shot in a more aggressive policy toward Iran which Trump promised in his presidential campaign.
On Thursday, Trump saying that when it comes to Iran, nothing is off the table.