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> Iran reacting to U.S. President Donald Trump's fiery Twitter message this week. The Islamic Republic's armed forces chief saying on Tuesday that US threats would draw a, quote, strong, unimaginable and regrettable response of great magnitude. Trump said in capital letters that Iran will suffer dire consequences if it threatens the US again.
Iran's parliamentary speaker described those comments as the words of a troublemaker. Meanwhile, US officials are stepping up diplomatic efforts to pressure other countries to stop importing Iranian oil. And on Tuesday, Iran's foreign ministry said Tehran will react with equal counter-measures if Washington tries to block it's oil exports.
Reuters reports the US is also stepping up a coordinated media campaign to erode support for Iran's leaders. Warren Strobel, who broke the story, says the White House is pushing the effort on Farsi language TV, radio, and online.>> This is a well-thought out and sort of concerted communications offensive.
And the idea is to force Iran to make a choice between acceding to US demands on its nuclear program and on its support for terrorist groups, or face the possibility that its economy will collapse with a political destabilization that goes along with that.>> The campaign is supported by national security adviser John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pampeo, who this week launched of a rhetorical assault on Iran's leaders, comparing them to the mafia.
>> Judging by their
they see more concerned with riches than religion.>> That prompted Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's warning that quote, war with Iran is the mother of all wars. That, apparently triggering Trump's late night tweet that some are comparing to the fire and furry threat he leveled against North Korea last year.
>> Fire and furry, like the world has never seen.>> Reuters talked to current and former administration officials, some of whom deal with Iran policy, and there's several concerns. One is that this sort of aggressive, it's only rhetoric, but it's still sort of an aggressive policy, could lead to a miscalculation or confrontation with Iran.
>> Tensions between the US and Iran have escalated since Trump decided to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal. The heated rhetoric from the US meant to work in concert with economic sanctions Washington plans to reimpose in the coming months.