President Trump is threatening "obliteration" of Iran if the country carries out an attack on "anything American," after Iranian officials said the path to diplomacy between the two nations is permanently closed after Mr. Trump's new round of sanctions Monday.
Mr. Trump announced the sanctions on Iran's supreme leader and the supreme leader's office in response to what the administration deemed multiple acts of aggression by the Iranian regime.
"Iran's very ignorant and insulting statement, put out today, only shows that they do not understand reality," Mr. Trump wrote in a series of tweets Tuesday morning. "Any attack by Iran on anything American will be met with great and overwhelming force. In some areas, overwhelming will mean obliteration. No more John Kerry & Obama!"
"Iran leadership doesn't understand the words 'nice' or 'compassion,' they never have," the president also tweeted. "Sadly, the thing they do understand is Strength and Power, and the USA is by far the most powerful Military Force in the world, with 1.5 Trillion Dollars invested over the last two years alone."
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, in a televised address, called the new sanctions "outrageous and idiotic," slamming the Trump administration for issuing the sanctions while also calling for negotiations.
Tensions between the U.S. and Iran have long been escalating, reaching a breaking point last week after Iran shot down a U.S. drone. Mr. Trump had approved a strike on Iran, but backed off after -- according to Mr. Trump -- the president learned how many lives could be lost. Instead, the Pentagon went ahead with a cyber attack.
The sanctions the...