Trump threatens ‘overwhelming force’ against Iran if it attacks ‘anything American’

The war of words between U.S. and Iranian leadership took a personal turn on Tuesday, when Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called U.S. President Donald Trump “mentally disabled,” after which the American leader threatened parts of Iran with “obliteration” if “anything American” is attacked in the future.

On Monday, Trump responded to the June 20 downing by Iran of a U.S. surveillance drone by signing an executive order to sanction Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and other top Iranian officials. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is expected to be hit with punitive measures later this week.

On Tuesday, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said the move would mark “the permanent closure of the path of diplomacy” and tweeted that “Trump’s desperate administration is destroying the established international mechanisms for maintaining world peace and security.”

The same day, Rouhani assured the Iranian public that the new sanctions would not be impactful, and told them in a televised address that the measure illustrated a “mental disability” on the part of the White House.

“Iran leadership doesn’t understand the words ‘nice’ or ‘compassion,’ they never have,” tweeted Trump in the wake of the insult. “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.

“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. “Any attack by Iran on anything American will be met with great and overwhelming force. In some areas, overwhelming will mean obliteration.”

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