Over the past months (and particularly, recent days) tensions have grown between the USA and Iran. Much of this has been as a consequence of the actions of President Trump, who has imposed sanctions on Iran's leader, Hassan Rouhani, alongside other officials, including Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Iran’s foreign, minister Mohammad Javad. The problem? It seems like the Trump administration has imposed sanctions while, at the same time, attempting to engage Iran in talks surrounding their respective nuclear weapons programs.
Now, Rouhani has hit back at these seemingly contradictory actions. But what he said about the President seems likely to cause even bigger rifts in their relationship - which is pretty scary for the rest of the world to watch.
Trump is well known for having some pretty controversial opinions.Whether he's offensively impersonating a disabled reporter or engaging in some off-color "locker room talk," we can pretty much always be sure that we're only moments away from hearing something that we don't like from the President.
But Trump's latest moves may have some devastating consequences.
via: Getty ImagesIt involves the complex relationship between the US and Iran - and, in particular, the rules governing nuclear armament on both sides.
This issue has long been on Trump's radar.
via: Getty ImagesThe Persian Gulf has long been a thorny topic for the President. In 2015, Trump pulled out of an agreement in which the US would lift economic sanctions on Iran in return for the limiting of their nuclear program.
In recent weeks, these tensions have resurfaced.
Iran says its maps 'PROVE American drone was in its airspace when it was shot down' https://t.co/C5BZUgxC8i— Daily Mail Online (@Daily Mail Online)1561450446.0
And that's not all.
via: Getty ImagesUS officials have also claimed that two of their oil tankers were attacked earlier this month near the Strait of Hormuz. However, this claim seems to have faded into the background due to a lack of evidence.
As usual, Trump couldn't resist stating his opinion.The President took to Twitter to discuss the ins and outs of this complex political problem, in his trademark simplistic language.
And, on June 24th, things became official.
President Trump has just signed an executive order to deny Iran's Supreme Leader and his associates access to key f… https://t.co/tRiLvUZ5Tx— The White House 45 Archived (@The White House 45 Archived)1561394299.0
As you've probably guessed, the main motivator is money.These new sanctions imposed by Trump will attempt to freeze billions of dollars of Iranian assets until their cooperation is ensured.
But Trump's broadcast couldn't go off without hitch.
Trump said he's placing new sanctions on Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini — he died in 1989 https://t.co/eyvenzcuNs— NowThis (@NowThis)1561414740.0
Although it's likely that the actual impacts of Trump's order will be pretty limited.
via: Getty ImagesRichard Johnson (pictured on the far right), the US state department’s former acting assistant coordinator of the Iran nuclear deal, was quoted in the Independent, saying, “Frankly I doubt that there’s many international companies doing business with these organizations, so I don’t think the sanctions will have a really substantive effect on Iran’s economy. I do think it’s much more symbolic than it is substantive."
The Iranian President has been forced to respond to Trump's bold move.
via: Getty ImagesIn a live television broadcast, Hassan Rouhani implored Trump, saying, "You sanction the foreign minister simultaneously with a request for talks?"
And Rouhani didn't stop there.
via: Getty ImagesHe also tossed some choice insults Trump's way, calling his actions "outrageous and idiotic," and claiming that the White House is "afflicted by mental retardation."
Rouhani isn't the only Iranian official to speak out.
via: Getty ImagesAbbas Mousavi, a spokesman for Iran's Foreign Ministry, claimed that the Trump administration was, "destroying the established international mechanisms for maintaining world peace and security."
Although, needless to say, Trump disagrees.He claims that these "hard hitting" sanctions are "a strong and proportionate response to Iran’s increasingly provocative actions."
And there are still some firmly on Trump's side.
via: Getty Images"The president has held the door open to real negotiations to completely and verifiably eliminate Iran’s nuclear weapons program, its ballistic missile delivery systems, its support for international terrorism and other malign behavior worldwide," offered John Bolton, Trump's national security advisor. "All that Iran needs to do is to walk through that open door."
Now the rest of the world has been forced to get involved in the disagreement.
🇺🇸🇮🇷: France, Germany & the UK have urged a deescalation of US- #Iran tensions in the #PersianGulf - US President… https://t.co/LabIzuHFgS— Intelligence Fusion - Europe (@Intelligence Fusion - Europe)1561061075.0
And that's not all.
The U.A.E. called for deescalation and a political solution to the tensions gripping the Gulf region after U.S. Pre… https://t.co/ABHij57uyI— Bloomberg (@Bloomberg)1561287117.0
Many have spoken out against Trump.
Hey moron: the third line of the Iran Nuclear Deal guaranteed just that. Maybe you should have read it before you t… https://t.co/6X2OtT2PbR— Rep. John Yarmuth (@Rep. John Yarmuth)1561412401.0
People are pretty terrified.
Like I said: “What did Trump think would happen when he pulled out of the nuclear deal? Or did he think at all? Mos… https://t.co/SisEZ3uUn2— Max Boot (@Max Boot)1561111262.0