War of words emanates from Tehran after Pompeo speech to Iranian Americans

The Latest: Schumer chides Trump for heated rhetoric on Iran

Trump's latest tweet telling Iran it would suffer "consequences the likes of which few throughout history have ever suffered before" is an almost-verbatim rehash of his August 2017 threat to North Korea; then, Trump promised "fire, fury and frankly power, the likes of which this world has never seen before".

When President Trump warned Iran over Twitter on Sunday night about severe consequences for any threats toward the United States, it did not just come out of the blue.

The kind of threat that Trump made on Twitter on Sunday could have attracted penalty from the social network for any regular person as Twitter's policy bars users from making threats of violence on its platform.

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Pompeo said senior Iranian leaders had benefited from embezzlement, sweetheart deals and other ill-gotten gains. The 2015 agreement was in response to fears that Iran was developing a nuclear bomb.

The price of gold soared more than 30 percent over a single day recently because of all the Iranians rushing to buying the yellow metal, commonly viewed as a good way to preserve wealth in volatile times. "If America wants to take a serious step in this direction it will definitely be met with a reaction and equal countermeasures from Iran", he said. And Iranians have heard them - albeit more civilized ones - for 40 yrs.

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif also took to Trump's favorite social media platform to say how unimpressed he was with USA threats, his statement only partially written in capital letters.

Democrats have expressed alarm about Trump's Iran bluster. Trump said in May that he was withdrawing from the agreement signed by the Barack Obama administration.

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had earlier accused senior Iranian leaders of resembling a "mafia more than a government". The first round of USA sanctions on Iran goes into effect in August, followed by ones targeting Iran's oil exports in November. "This especially goes for our allies in the Middle East and Europe, people who have themselves been terrorized by violent regime activity for decades", said Pompeo. "We're ready to make a real deal, not the deal done by the previous administration, which was a real disaster".

He cited the harsh words between the US and North Korea that preceded the high profile summit between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and denuclearization talks.

The escalation in rhetoric came as the Trump administration has launched an offensive of speeches and online communications meant to foment unrest and help pressure Iran to end its nuclear program and its support of militant groups, according to US officials familiar with the matter, reported Reuters.

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