US president opts diplomacy after rhetoric failed
In a major shift from rhetoric to diplomacy with Iran, US President Donald Trump realised saying “Iran is not the same country anymore, that I can say” and expressed his readiness to make a “real deal” with the country over its nuclear program.
While addressing Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) national convention in Missouri on Tuesday he said, “And we’ll see what happens, but we’re ready to make a real deal, not the deal that was done by the previous administration, which was a disaster.”
On Sunday, Donald Trump was very aggressive while responding to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani remarks.
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!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 23, 2018
This was responded by Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif with another twitter post:
COLOR US UNIMPRESSED: The world heard even harsher bluster a few months ago. 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. BE CAUTIOUS!— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) July 23, 2018
On Monday Iran had dismissed Trump’s angry warning that Tehran risked dire consequences “the like of which few throughout history have suffered before” if it made threats against the United States.
Meanwhile US defence secretary Jim Mattis, while speaking at a news conference in California, listed his concerns about Iranian actions in the Middle East, including Tehran’s support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the ongoing civil war and for Yemen’s Houthi militants fighting against the “internationally recognized government”.
“It’s time for Iran to shape up and show responsibility as a responsible nation. It cannot continue to show irresponsibility as a revolutionary organization that is intent on exporting terrorism, exporting disruption, across the region,” said Mattis, a retired Marine general. “So I think the president was making very clear that they’re on the wrong track,” he added.
Iran has been offering military advisory support to Syria at the official request from Damascus, helping its army to speed up gains on various fronts against Daesh (IS) and other terror organisations. Iran denies its involvement in Yemen.