Lord knows they are asking for it with all their bluff and bluster. But I suspect, save for pranks and skirmishes through proxies, Iran won’t do anything stupid. They are cowardly and only act when we have a spineless, weak President like Obama. They are desperate though. Their people have been trying to overthrow those mullahs for years.
Reporter: Are we going to war with Iran?
President Trump: "I’m hearing little stories about Iran. If they do anything, they will suffer greatly. We’ll see what happens with Iran." pic.twitter.com/xbha4D8oub
— NBC News (@NBCNews) May 13, 2019
Trump was later asked if he was concerned about the recent alleged acts of sabotage against two Saudi Arabian oil tankers and a Norwegian ship over the weekend.
“We’ll see what happens,” Trump responded. “It’s going to be a bad problem for Iran if something happens, I can tell you that. They’re not going to be happy. They are not going to be happy people.”
“There was no immediate indication as to who may have been responsible or why the damage was inflicted, but the incidents occurred at the same time and place off the coast of the United Arab Emirates only days after the United States has dispatched warships and bombers to the area to deter alleged threats from Iran,” The Washington Post reported. “The location is near a sea lane critical to the world’s supply of oil, and the incidents followed a warning by U.S. maritime authorities that Iran might seek to disrupt commercial shipping in the area.”
The Post noted that one of the oil tankers had been preparing to deliver oil to the United States.
Trump: If Iran does anything, they will suffer
US President warns Iran will “suffer greatly” if it targeted US interests.
By INN, May 13, 2019:
US President Donald Trump warned on Monday that Iran would “suffer greatly” if it targeted US interests.
“We’ll see what happens with Iran. If they do anything, it will be a very bad mistake,” Trump told reporters at the White House, according to Reuters.
“If they do anything they will suffer greatly,” he added.
The comments come amid heightened tensions with Iran in the wake of the US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, and after Washington deployed an aircraft carrier and more jet fighters to the Middle East.
Last week, the US military deployed an aircraft carrier and B-52 bombers to the Middle East in a move that US officials said was made to counter “clear indications” of threats from Iran to American forces in the region.
Last Thursday, Trump urged Iran’s leaders to talk with him about giving up their nuclear program but also made clear he could not rule out a military confrontation with the Islamic Republic.
Trump’s comments on Monday came after the United Arab Emirates reported four commercial vessels had been sabotaged on Sunday near Fujairah emirate just outside the Strait of Hormuz. Iran sought to distance itself from the incident.
On Friday, the deputy leader of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps’ political bureau stressed that Iran will not engage in talks with the US and added that the United States would never “dare” to attack the Islamic Republic.
“We will not negotiate. There will be no negotiations on any issue with the US and the US will not dare to attack Iran,” said the senior leader, Yadollah Javani.
Later on Friday, a senior Iranian cleric warned that the US navy fleet deployed to the region could be “destroyed with one missile”.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo canceled a trip to Moscow on Monday and instead stopped in Brussels to share information on “escalating” threats from Iran with European allies and NATO officials, the US special representative for Iran said.
Pompeo last week threatened a “swift and decisive” US response to any attack by Iran.
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