[Leonid Bershidsky] Iran faces consequences of snubbing Trump

The Latest: Schumer chides Trump for heated rhetoric on Iran

A day and a half after rattling the sword toward Iran, President Donald Trump told a veterans group Tuesday that his administration was ready to to talk about a new nuclear deal with Tehran.

On Monday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif issued the first regime response to Mr. Trump's Twitter warning, saying in his own tweet: "COLOR US UNIMPRESSED: The world heard even harsher bluster a few months ago".

"The Trump doctrine when it comes to Iran was the Reagan doctrine when it came to the Soviets", Graham, R-S.C., said on Fox News on Monday night. Or when the U.S. Navy fired warning shots at speedy Iranian military boats.

Trump earlier this year pulled the United States out of the global deal meant to prevent Tehran from developing a nuclear weapon and ordered increased American sanctions.

The US leader warned his Iranian counterpart to "never, ever threaten the United States again" or suffer "consequences the likes of which few throughout history have ever suffered before". "And Iranians have heard them - albeit more civilized ones - for 40 yrs". We've been around for millennia & seen fall of empires, incl our own, which lasted more than the life of some countries.

"The reality is he's such an erratic President that you could see him dropping bombs on Iran or you could see him trying to build hotels in Iran", said Karim Sadjadpour, an Iran expert at the Carnegie Endowment. Before the nuclear deal, the United States was punishing Iran with the help of allies and even some adversaries. And Saudi Arabia, whose leaders have worked to build a cozy relationship with Trump, has been after Trump to curb Iran's influence in the region.

The analyst added that "neither Iran, nor any other country is interested in escalating tensions in the region". They apparently have struck an informal deal under which, if Putin fails to keep the Iranians in check, Russian Federation will not object to Israeli strikes against Iranian military infrastructure in Syria.

"We do find it quite odd that the administration is so passionate and loud about human rights in Iran but really not in other [countries]", he said.

He said that the US Broadcasting Board of Governors was going to attempt to circumvent Internet censorship in Iran by creating a slew of Farsi media outlets (including television, radio, digital and social media) to show "ordinary Iranians inside Iran and around the globe [that] America stands with them".

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