Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was hit with the mother of all replies when he tried to lob threats at the world’s sole superpower: the United States of America. While Iranian presidents have thrown threats of violence at previous U.S. presidents, President Trump made it clear that such rhetoric would not be acceptable during his administration.
“Don't play with lion's tale, or you will regret,” threatened Rouhani during a recent meeting, according to NPR and the Iranian state-run Islamic Republic News Agency http://www.irna.ir/en/News/82979119. “America should know that peace with Iran is the mother of all peace, and war with Iran is the mother of all wars.”
On Sunday evening, Trump replied in all caps on Twitter: “To Iranian President Rouhani: NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE. WE ARE NO LONGER A COUNTRY THAT WILL STAND FOR YOUR DEMENTED WORDS OF VIOLENCE & DEATH. BE CAUTIOUS!”
During President Obama’s administration, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad threatened the U.S. with a war that “would know no boundaries” if the U.S. attacked its nuclear power facilities, according to ABC News. The U.S. has long suspected Iran’s nuclear power program of being the terrorism-supporting countries’ attempt to make nuclear missiles.
Then later in 2015, Rouhani defended the chants of “Death to America,” which became popular in Iran, according to The Hill.
Iranian presidents in the past have also threatened the annihilation of one of America’s closest allies: Israel. During President George W. Bush’s administration in 2005, Ahmadinejad said that Israel must be “wipe off the map,” the New York Times reported at the time.
On Monday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, "If anybody's inciting anything, look no further than to Iran," according to the Chicago Tribune, adding that the president has been "very clear about what he's not going to allow to take place."
Rouhani appears to be upset with new sanctions Trump has imposed on his country. Trump also announced he was pulling the U.S. out of the Iran nuclear deal this past May, according to CNN. Trump believed that the multi-nation deal, aimed at keeping Iran from developing ballistic nuclear missiles, was not working because Iran has been developing ballistic missiles.