Pompeo calls Iran's religious leaders 'hypocritical holy men'

President Trump issued a strongly worded all-caps late-night tweet after Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that war with Iran would be

As CNN's New Day covered President Donald Trump's explosive late-night tweet threatening Iran, the morning show concluded: this is a means to distract from his bad week.

Iran's president has warned Donald Trump against provoking the country, telling the USA leader that "war with Iran is the mother of all wars".

"WE ARE NO LONGER A COUNTRY THAT WILL STAND FOR YOUR DEMENTED WORDS OF VIOLENCE & DEATH", Trump added.

While Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has praised the Trump administration's "tough" threats toward Iran, European and Iranian leaders have been trying to salvage the Iran nuclear deal.

"Be cautious." The tweet came hours after President Rouhani gave a speech during which he warned the US against further conflict against Iran because it would be "the mother of all wars".

Within hours, Iranian state-owned news agency IRNA dismissed Trump's tweet, describing it as a "passive reaction" to Rouhani's remarks.

"Iran is angry since Trump responded to Tehran's engagement diplomacy by pulling the USA out of the nuclear deal", Iranian politician Heshmatollah Falahatpisheh told the AP. In May, the USA left a deal which reduced Iran's nuclear activities in return for the lifting of worldwide sanctions.

Trump called for Rouhani to stop the rhetoric or "suffer the consequences the like of which few throughout history have ever suffered before".

Users of the US President's favourite platform rushed to parody his blistering late-night attack on Iranian president Hassan Rouhani. However, the language also echoes his volleys against North Korea's Kim Jong-Un, which has more recently evolved into diplomatic talks. Pompeo promised USA aid to Iranians who would rise up against their government officials, whom he said were "merely polished front men for the ayatollahs' global con artistry".

"BE CAUTIOUS!" The comments came at the same time as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was speaking at a Reagan Forum in Simi Valley, California, on the topic of Iran.

Gheibparvar said the Iranian people and Armed Forces will stand up to the enemies, and will not back down, adding "our belief is that the way to felicity and progress is to resist and withstand ill-wishers and enemies".

Despite some mixed messages from senior State Department officials in recent weeks, Pompeo made clear that pressure campaign includes dropping Iranian oil imports to "as close to zero as possible by November 4" when US sanctions snap back into place. Norths Foreign Ministry accused the United States of making "gangster-like" demands for its unilateral disarmament.

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