Mr. Trump, 'do not play with the lion's tail', Rouhani warns

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President Trump warned Iran Sunday night that it better not continue threatening the United States or the country "will suffer consequences". We are no longer a country that will stand for your demented words of violence and death.

Pompeo's speech on Sunday came as US President Donald Trump and his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani traded angry threats amid rising tensions between the two countries.

Trump appeared to be responding to remarks Iranian President Hassan Rouhani gave to a group of diplomats in which he said war with Iran "is the mother of all wars".

In early May, Mr Trump lambasted the pact during his withdrawal speech and described it as a "horrible one-sided deal" that should have "never, ever" been signed. The deal saw six countries - the US, UK, France, Germany, Russia and China - agree to lift sanctions against Iran in exchange for limitations on Iran's nuclear program. However, the language also echoes his volleys against North Korea's Kim Jong-Un, which has more recently evolved into diplomatic talks.

Pompeo told an audience at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California that the government in Iran has become a nightmare for the Iranian people.

'Anyone who understands the rudiments of politics doesn't say "we will stop Iran's oil exports"...we have been the guarantor of the regional waterway's security throughout history, ' Rouhani said, cited by the semi-official ISNA news agency.

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Secretary of state Mike Pompeo, who on Sunday compared the Iranian government to the "mafia", attempted to assuage the concerns of ordinary citizens.

Current and former USA officials said the campaign painted Iranian leaders in a harsh light, at times using information that is exaggerated or contradicts other official pronouncements, including comments by previous administrations.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised the US presidents "strong stance" after years in which the Iranian "regime was pampered by world powers".

On Saturday, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei backed Rouhani's suggestion that Iran may block Gulf oil exports if its exports are stopped and said any negotiations with the USA would be an "obvious mistake".

While 55 percent of Iranian Americans wanted Washington to work to advance democracy and civil rights in Iran, they were more divided on how a U.S. administration should go about achieving this.

Pompeo said the Iranian economy is "going great", but only for the elite, accusing the ayatollahs and senior leaders of lining their pockets to the tune of billions of dollars while a third of Iranians live in poverty.

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