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Deciphering the War of Words Between the U.S. and Iran

MIN READJul 24, 2018 | 21:09 GMT

U.S. President Donald Trump announced he was withdrawing the United States from the Iran nuclear deal on May 8, 2018.

U.S. President Donald Trump announced he was withdrawing the United States from the Iran nuclear deal on May 8, 2018. Trump's bellicose rhetoric against Iran fits neatly with the White House's Iran strategy to date.

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As the White House forges ahead with a "maximum pressure" sanctions policy against Iran, threats of war and regime change were bound to follow. In a not-so-subtle all-caps tweet late on July 22, U.S. President Donald Trump warned Iran it "will suffer consequences the likes of which few throughout history have ever suffered before" if it continues to threaten the United States. U.S. national security adviser John Bolton echoed Trump's doomsday threat the next morning, saying Iran "will pay a price like few countries have ever paid before." U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meanwhile took lead on the regime change angle. In a July 22 speech to a largely Iranian-American audience in Los Angeles, Pompeo railed against the "hypocritical holy men who amassed vast sums of wealth while allowing their people to suffer." He accompanied those remarks with tweets in Farsi addressed to the Iranian people expressing American solidarity...

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