Iranian President Rouhani has reacted strongly to U.S. President Trump and the new sanctions he announced against Iran earlier this week.
Rouhani called the sanctions – quote “outrageous and idiotic” and he said the White House is suffering from a mental disability. Rouhani also accused the U.S. of being insincere in saying that it still wants to negotiate with Tehran. President Trump lashed back on Twitter saying Iran does not understand reality. Trump warned that – quote- “Any attack by Iran on anything American will be met with great and overwhelming force. In some areas, overwhelming will mean obliteration.”
To discuss all of this:
- Kaveh Afrasiabi is a political scientist, author and Iran expert.
- John Sitilides is a geopolitical strategist and consultant to the U.S. State Department.
- Negar Mortazavi is a journalist and consultant editor with the British online newspaper, The Independent.
- Robert Rabil is a professor of political science at Florida Atlantic University.
Here's Iran's reaction to new US sanctions
After U.S. President Trump signed new sanctions against Iran's supreme leader and others, many are questioning the White Houses commitment to negotiations.#IranUSTension #mentaldisability #Trump pic.twitter.com/MXtvbaeCIC
— CGTN America (@cgtnamerica) June 25, 2019
A war of words between US & Iran: #Trump threatens "great and overwhelming force" while Iranian President Rouhani says White House has a "mental handicap" https://t.co/Kk6fxuHD37 pic.twitter.com/hAnZ3KImJ7
— China Xinhua News (@XHNews) June 25, 2019
US Navy says another American warship, USS Boxer, arrives to Mideast amid heightened tensions with Iran. https://t.co/Q4zFCx3Iuw
— The Associated Press (@AP) June 24, 2019