Trump steps up pressure, but Iran says it’s ‘unimpressed’

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Iran has faced increased US pressure and looming sanctions following Trump's decision to withdraw the United States from a 2015 global deal over Iran's nuclear program. So the Iranian snub had consequences: In May, Trump pulled the USA out of the deal.

While animosity toward Iran's officials has been a part of the administration's foreign policy from the start, President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have sharpened their rhetoric.

It's probably too late now for a Singapore-style photo opportunity.

President Donald Trump is warning Iranian President Hassan Rouhani that he will face dire consequences for threatening the United States. They did the same in Syria; they are losing the war. Netanyahu is working with Putin to keep Iranian forces from the Syrian-Israeli border in the Golan Heights as the Assad troops are taking over the region.

Meanwhile, Netanyahu continues to appeal to both the United States and Russian Federation for the removal of Iranian forces from Syria, particularly near Israel's northern border.

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The President has made regular visits to Trump-branded properties during his time in office, prompting some critics to complain that he is using the profile of his office to promote his private businesses.

With Putin and Netanyahu handling the situation on the ground to Trump's satisfaction, the United States needn't get involved militarily in Syria.

As Pompeo noted in his speech to Iranian-Americans and others in California on Sunday, the centerpiece will be the re-imposition of USA economic sanctions; the first batch will go back into force August 4, targeting the Iranian automotive sector and trade in gold and other metals. "This especially goes for our allies in the Middle East and Europe, people who have themselves been terrorized by violent regime activity for decades", said Pompeo. This is not a battle Iran can win.

Recent anti-Iran tirades by the USA angered a number of Iranian officials. European Union nations are looking at keeping financial channels open for Iran when the U.S. sanctions hit full force in November. Barring major domestic disturbances, Iran is preparing for a head-on confrontation, if only an economic one.

A senior commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guard was quoted in Iranian media saying "Iran will resist pressure from the enemies" and that Trump's threats against the country amounted to "psychological warfare", Reuters reported. Thanks to Trump, that's not the case today.