Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Trump Ramps Up the Threats against Iran Once More

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Trump Ramps Up the Threats against Iran Once More

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AMERICAN president Donald Trump has warned Iran not to threaten America again, or it will face its "official end".

Mr Trump's warning tweet came shortly after a rocket landed near the US embassy in Baghdad.

It comes amid heightened tensions between the US and Iran, following Mr Trump's decision a year ago to pull America out of Tehran's nuclear deal with world powers.

The US leader tweeted yesterday: "If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran. Never threaten the United States again!" Neither Mr Trump nor White House officials elaborated on the tweet.

The message came after a rocket landed less than a mile from the sprawling US embassy in Baghdad in the Iraqi capital's heavily-fortified Green Zone on Sunday night.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the rocket launch.

Mr Trump's tweet came after he seemingly sought to soften his tone on Iran following days of heightened tension sparked by a sudden deployment of bombers and an aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf over still-unspecified threats.

In the time since, officials in the United Arab Emirates alleged four oil tankers have been sabotaged.

Yemeni rebels allied with Iran also launched a drone attack on an oil pipeline in Saudi Arabia.

And US diplomats relayed a warning that commercial airlines could be misidentified by Iran and attacked, something dismissed by Tehran.

While both Washington and Tehran say they do not seek war, many worry that any miscalculation at this moment could spiral out of control.

Iraqi military spokesman Brig Gen Yahya Rasoul said the rocket that landed near the US embassy was believed to have been fired from east Baghdad, an area which is home to Iranian-backed Shia militias.

Mr Trump campaigned on pulling the US from the 2015 nuclear accord, which saw Iran agree to limit its enrichment of uranium in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions. …

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