Trump warns Iran president he ‘better be careful’

President Donald Trump arrives on Air Force One at the Palm Beach International Airport to spend part of the weekend with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Mar-a-Lago resort on February 10, 2017 in West Palm Beach, Florida. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP)

President Donald Trump arrives on Air Force One at the Palm Beach International Airport to spend part of the weekend with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Mar-a-Lago resort on February 10, 2017 in West Palm Beach, Florida. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP)

US president, Rouhani trade barbs on anniversary of 1979 revolution as Iranian officials dismiss White House’s rhetoric

(SOURCE)   Donald Trump dialed up the rhetoric against Iran on Friday, warning the country’s president he “better be careful” about his words.

The war-of-words between Tehran and Washington escalated as President Hassan Rouhani and Trump traded threats and warnings.

Rouhani told a crowd of hundreds of thousands marking the anniversary of the 1979 Islamic revolution that “the Iranian people must be spoken to with respect.”

“Iranians will make those using threatening language against this nation regret it,” he said.

“Anyone threatening Iran’s government and armed forces should know that our nation is vigilant.”

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani gives a press conference in Tehran Jaunary 17, 2017. (AFP/Atta Kenare)

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani gives a press conference in Tehran Jaunary 17, 2017. (AFP/Atta Kenare)

On Thursday Ali Akbar Velayati, a senior advisor to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, told Al Jazeera that the US doesn’t dare carry out its threats against Iran, and if it did there would be “dark days to come.”

“Iran will continue its policies based on friendship and good neighborly ties, therefore Trump and the American administration must get their act together and leave this region completely, because the people of this region feel alienated by their policies,” he said.

Iran’s First Vice-President Eshaq Jahangiri also commented that despite Trump’s rhetoric toward Iran, “The US cannot do a damn thing.”

Trump was asked about the remarks later, responding that “he better be careful.”

The US president has toughened the rhetoric against Iran considerably since coming to office.

He has also introduced sanctions after an Iranian missile test.

Many in Trump’s inner circle want to see a harder line against Tehran, but have so far shied away from killing a deal that saw Iran get sanctions relief in exchange for curbing its nuclear program.

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9 comments

  1. theredhorsebook

    “It was the best of times it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way-in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.”
    Dickens saw the epoch of confusion in Two Cities. Then it was Paris, with The French Revolution, and London and Westminster as the spectators. Perhaps at best we can watch the God of Abraham with His angels, stop the threat to “The Rock” as he did with pulling the golden wheels off of Pharaoh’s Chariots on their way to destroy The Children of Israel. Their “rock” is not “our rock.” We have returned to One Nation Under God Indivisible with Liberty and Justice for all, who show dignity and respect to Our God and His representative President Trump.
    Daniel praised the God of heaven and said: “Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever; wisdom and power are His. He changes times and seasons; He sets up Kings and deposes of them. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning. He reveals deep and hidden things; He knows what lies in darkness, and light dwells with Him. I thank and praise you, O God of my fathers; You have given me wisdom and power, you have made known to me what we asked of you, you have made known to us the dream of the king.” Daniel 2:19-23
    The “rock” the “stone hewn without hands” is at Ground Zero. But it cannot be the cornerstone of The Freedom Tower. Freedom is not free! Jesus Christ purchased your freedom, by His blood, we are set free, from slavery to a Church/State religion that relies on its followers to die, to defend them.

      • theredhorsebook

        For the record, I haven’t been a member of the SDA Church, for years. The paradox is, they have denied their gift of the Holy Spirit, and prophecy….which puts me way out of their…blessings. They would celebrate to shut me up! Maybe even send each others a gift when I do shut up! Sorry for that enlightenment…I count you as a friend of God and Jesus too!

      • Gordon King

        Thanks for your comment Theredhorsebook!

        This is the problem with a lot of the church today, they deny the power of Christ! We must all look to scripture for the truth, we must rightly divide it and ask for divine guidance and wisdom, then we must accept it as the truth from God. Scripture tells us that God has given us His Holy Spirit, sealed us with His Holy Spirit until our day of redemption, and He is the guarantee of our inheritance as purchased possessions, our helper and our comforter.

        The study of God’s word is an undertaking which never ends in this lifetime, it’s a daily devotion, a continual cleansing and renewing of our mind!

        How can a true believer in Jesus Christ deny what the good Lord has spoken? What does that say about us when we do? The apostle Paul tells us that in the last days there will be people who have a form of godliness but deny its power (2 Timothy 3:5), and we see this played out over and over again in our time, another sign that we are living in the last days!

        God bless! Maranatha!

  2. The Ezekiel Project

    I’m of two minds on this. If we were to get into an active shooting war with Iran, it wouldn’t be like it was in Iraq.

    Everywhere our troops went, entire Iraqi Army Divisions were rolling over and turning themselves in to Coalition Forces. Most of them were conscripts, so they had no fighting spirit whatsoever. I suspect that won’t be the case with the Iranian forces.

    My understanding is that they’re well trained, well equipped and loyal. They’ve been steeped in the Persian warrior ethos, and they have thousands of years worth of history and culture behind it.

    Historically, Arab Bedouins were never inclined towards protracted warfare, preferring the hit and run tactics. Iranian Persians don’t have that problem, which means we’re dealing with an entirely different mindset. They’re stuborn and won’t back down.

    Then there’s the terrain. While most of Iraq is featureless desert, most of Iran is mountains. Our experience in neighboring Afghanistan would serve us well there, but only a little.

    The Iranian military is a fully modern one, complete with American-made F14 fighters, F4 fighters, etc. The Iraqis were poorly maintained and massively under-equipped, by comparison.

    A war with Iran would be costly and slow going. It would be a slug fest, with both sides beating the crap out of each other.

    Between the terrain and the people, our forces would have a hard time gaining ground. However, it isn’t hopeless. We’d still win.

    Our military is better equipped, better trained, all volunteer and larger. We’re more technologically advanced and we are more than capable of using it.

    The Iranians have one weakness we could easily exploit: their non-Muslim population. For decades now, Christians and Jews have been brutalized, subjugated, imprisoned, tortured and even executed.

    I can’t imagine those people are overly loyal to their government, which means we would have people on the inside who could aid us in our efforts. This is no small advantage, given the emphasis Sun Tzu placed on the value of spies, in “The Art of War”.

    Overall, a war with Iran would be massively expensive, in terms of personnel, equipment, time and money. While we could beat them, good luck finding members of Congress with the political will to endorse such an action.

    • Gordon King

      Thanks for your comment The Ezekiel Project!

      Only God knows what the future holds, but if we stand for what is righteous then He will be on our side. Just as we here that there will be blood in the streets if America moves the embassy to Jerusalem, do we back down or move it to Jerusalem? We must do what is the right thing to do and not let our paths be directed out of fear. I believe that moving the American embassy to Jerusalem is the right thing to do, but I also believe that stopping Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons is also the right thing to do. We must have faith that God is with us if we do what God wills us to do. Iran is a nation of terror and has stated such ever since the Islamic Revolution in Iran back in 1979, I know, I was there in the Persian Gulf as part of the Expeditionary team sent to rescue the American hostages. Ever since that time Iran has been threatening to wipe America and Israel off the face of the map, labeling us the great Satan and Israel the little Satan, and nothing much has changed since that time except Iran’s ability to do so!

      We must as a people follow the lead of the Holy Spirit, then and only then will God be with us to give us victory over the evils in the world. It is when we stray off of this path that we find ourselves defeated by the world. As Joshua and the Israelis were defeated at Ai for not following the commands of the Lord, so will it be with us if we do the same. As a nation we must repent of our sins and follow the Lord. And if our nation continues to live in sin and rebellion against God then what will be our outcome?! Only God knows for sure, but I believe that President Trump is now leading us down the right path, that he is a born-again Christian, and that his intentions are righteous.

      We need the prayers of the saints, we need repentance in our land, and we must return to the favor of God Almighty! This is how we will win wars, this is how we will overcome the enemy, not of our own will but of God’s will. My question is: “Is it too late for America, have we already turned so far away from God that He has already judged us?” I know one thing for sure, God has placed Donald Trump in the position of The President of the United States of America, and He did it for a reason.

      The past eight years has been a time of dividing the American people, a time of degrading our military, our power, and our strength. We as a nation have cowered down to the evils in the world, we have given Iran a green light to continue on with their wicked and evil plans, we have emboldened Islamic terror around the world, but now is the time to change these things. It’s the time to stand for what is righteous, to do the right thing no matter what the world tells us.

      God bless! Maranatha!

      • The Ezekiel Project

        Make no mistake, I’m in total agreememt with you. Only God knows the future, we won’t get anywhere without Him and I’ve always been mystified by the fact that our embassy is in Tel Aviv, when it ought to be in Jerusalem.

        My comment was simply speaking to the fact that war with Iran would be a costly undertaking, even if it’s shaping up to be a necessary one. Forewarned is forearmed.

      • Gordon King

        Thanks for your comment The Ezekiel Project!

        I am in agreement with you my friend! I was just giving you my beliefs on the situation, not in disagreement with you at all.

        God bless!

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