Washington: President Donald Trump has warned Iran not to threaten the US, saying that if Iran wants to fight that will be the official end of Iran.
Trump flared up the tension in the region with his latest threat to Iran. In a tweet on Saturday, he said a fight with the United States would “be the official end of Iran.”
“If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran,” Trump said in a tweet. “Never threaten the United States again!”
The tweet comes amid rising fears over a potential military confrontation between the two countries. Officials in Washington are debating recent intelligence regarding whether Iran or the militias it supports are possibly planning to attack US assets or whether it is acting defensively in an attempt to deter US action.
In an interview with Fox News aired on Sunday evening, Trump said that he just wanted Iran doesn’t have nuclear weapons, and they can’t be threatening us. “And with all of everything that’s going on, and I’m not one that believes — you know, I’m not somebody that wants to go into war, because war hurts economies, war kills people most importantly — by far most importantly,” he said.
He said that he did not want to fight. “But you do have situations like Iran, you can’t let them have nuclear weapons — you just can’t let that happen,” he said.
The Trump administration has used different tactics to pressurize Iran including hawkish rhetoric, diplomatic pressure, economic sanctions and now military posturing.