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. "We are not longer a country that will stand for your demented words of violence & death".
The White House on Monday said US President Donald Trump's threatening tweet shows he's not going to tolerate critical rhetoric from Iran, but claimed the US leader isn't escalating tensions between the two countries.
"America should know that peace with Iran is the mother of all peace, and war with Iran is the mother of all wars", Rouhani said, leaving open the possibility of peace between the two countries, at odds since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
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The tweet comes a day after Rouhani gave a televised speech in which he spoke directly to Trump.
The message echoed remarks Trump made to North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un in August past year amid a flurry of missile tests.
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 U.S. would be an "obvious mistake".
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. Pompeo reportedly claimed the nation's leadership "resembles the Mafia more than a government" and called Iran's clerics "hypocritical holy men".
Trita Parsi, founder and president of the lobby group National Iranian American Council, said Pompeo's tough talk could fuel grievances, destabilise Iran and set Tehran and Washington on a collision course.
Speaking on a recent conference call with journalists, a senior State Department official said the U.S. wanted to deter Tehran from developing nuclear and ballistic weapons and supporting terrorism. "USA!" The chaotic scene lasted for 30 seconds or so, with Pompeo eventually quipping, "If there were only so much freedom of expression in Iran", to cheers and applause.