Tension between the United States and Iran escalated Monday after President Donald Trump appeared to threaten military action in a bellicose tweet and Iranian officials vowed to resist any attempt to destabilize their country.
The president issued his warning in an all-caps, late-night tweet to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday, renewing speculation about a direct confrontation between the Trump administration and its chief adversary in the Middle East.
“NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE,” Trump told the Iranian leader. “. . . BE CAUTIOUS!”
The president’s threat came after Rouhani said earlier Sunday that war with Iran would be “the mother of all wars” and suggested that Tehran might flex its military might in Middle Eastern waterways that are crucial to global commerce.
Trump’s message exposed the disjointed nature of his administration’s strategy on Iran, as…