IRAN PRESIDENT’S ADVISER TO DONALD TRUMP: ‘YOU ARE GOING TO GET A WAR,’ NOT A ‘BETTER DEAL’
Hesameddin Ashena, head of the Center for Strategic Studies think tank and widely described as part of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s inner circle, called Trump out on Twitter, dismissing the likelihood of the U.S. striking a better nuclear agreement than the 2015 deal it abandoned a year ago. With Tehran itself gradually scaling down its commitments to the accord and Washington threatening Iran both economically and militarily, Ashena issued one of his country’s most high-level, direct warnings yet.
“You wanted a better deal with Iran. Looks like you are going to get a war instead. That’s what happens when you listen to the mustache,” Ashena tweeted in an apparent reference to hawkish White House national security adviser John Bolton. “Good luck in 2020!”
In another week of seemingly ever-growing tension between the U.S. and Iran, Bolton announced the early deployment of the USS Abraham Lincoln carrier strike group and a bomber task force to the Persian Gulf amid “a number of troubling and escalatory indications and warnings” of an alleged Iranian plot against U.S. interests in the region. Days later, Tehran took its first slow steps away from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the multilateral nuclear deal that the White House left one year ago after accusing Iran of using sanctions relief to support militant groups and ballistic missile development.
With Washington vowing to bring Tehran’s oil exports to zero via strict sanctions, Rouhani has repeated the threats of hard-liners warning that the elite Revolutionary Guards may attempt to disrupt traffic in the world’s top oil choke point, the Strait of Hormuz. The elite Iranian military branch was designated a terrorist organization by the U.S. last month in an unprecedented step that led Iran to give the same title to the Pentagon’s Central Command.
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