Trump warns Iran: Threats can 'come back to bite you like nobody has been bitten before'

Tensions between the United States and Iran have increased since Trump pulled Washington out of a nuclear deal last year and moved to bar all international sales of Iranian oil.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF, REUTERS
July 4, 2019 13:20
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Trump and Rouhani

U.S. President Donald Trump (L) and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (R). (photo credit: REUTERS)

US President Donald Trump lashed out at threats from Iran that it will continue to enrich uranium, warning the Islamic Republic on Wednesday that threats may come back to bite them.

"Iran has just issued a New Warning. [Iranian Hassan President] Rouhani says that they will Enrich Uranium to 'any amount we want' if there is no new Nuclear Deal," he tweeted.

"Be careful with the threats, Iran. They can come back to bite you like nobody has been bitten before!" he said.


Rouhani said on Wednesday that Iran will increase its level of uranium enrichment after July 7 to whatever levels it needs beyond the 3.67% cap set in the landmark 2015 nuclear deal, according to the IRIB news agency.

If the remaining signatories of the nuclear deal with world powers do not fulfill their promises, then the Arak nuclear reactor will return to its previous activities after July 7, Rouhani said.

The head of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards also said on Wednesday the enemy was worried about the prospect of war and was focused instead on an economic conflict, according to the semi-official Fars news agency.

Tensions between the United States and Iran have increased since Trump pulled Washington out of a nuclear deal last year and moved to bar all international sales of Iranian oil.

Last month the United States came as close as it has ever come to bombing Iran, when President Donald Trump aborted a retaliatory air strike minutes before impact. Trump said he decided the strike, to punish Iran for shooting down a drone, would have killed too many people.

"In the military sphere, we have completely closed the path for the enemy," Major General Hossein Salami was quoted as saying.

"In the current situation it is the enemies who are worried about the outbreak of war and this worry is apparent in their physical and tactical behavior ... At the current crossroads, economic war is the main field for the enemy to confront us," he added.




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