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

The Latest: Schumer chides Trump for heated rhetoric on Iran

The Latest: Schumer chides Trump for heated rhetoric on Iran

Protests have mounted in recent weeks in Iran, as the country struggles with an economic crisis that has grown more severe since President Trump's decision in May to pull the USA out of the Iran nuclear deal and reimpose sanctions on the country.

The U.S.is pushing many countries hard to stop buying Iranian oil before U.S. sanctions are put back in place as part of the Trump administration's rejection of the Iran nuclear deal struck by President Barack Obama.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Monday Trump was responding to forceful comments Rouhani made earlier Sunday, in which he warned Trump "do not play with the lion's tail, because you will regret it eternally". He also noted that the first round of new US sanctions will begin on August 4, followed by another round on November 4.

A senior Pakistani politician and former member of Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs has said that US President Donald Trump is embarrassing himself by making threats to Iran through his tweets.

"It's time for Iran to shape up and show responsibility as a responsible nation".

"We've been around for millennia & seen fall of empires, [including] our own, which lasted more than the life of some countries".

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He further opined that Iran was not the same country as before, and termed the nuclear deal as a "horrible one-sided" deal, CNN reported.

He worries about the influence of an Iranian exile group that advocates the overthrow of the Iranian government and was included on the USA terrorist list until 2012.

MOTEVALLI: I think most ordinary Iranians are very anxious. His forthcoming book is called The Iran Agenda Today.

Iran publicly shrugged off Trump's late Sunday message - "NEVER EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE".

Tehran is already aware of what is coming from the administration as consequences of Trump's May withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear accord take shape. Iran has insisted it will not renegotiate the deal. 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.

"I hope they keep it up", Trump said, "because we're going to have a lot of fun in four months, and we're going to have a lot of fun in 2020 running against that".

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