Iran’s leaders only understand “Strength and Power, and the USA is by far the most powerful Military Force in the world,” Trump said in the series of tweets.
The United States and Iran have been locked in an escalating war of words since last week’s downing of a US surveillance drone. Iran says it was in its airspace, which Washington vehemently denies.
Trump pulled back from plans to retaliate with military strikes on Iranian targets, saying the response — and the collateral damage — would not be “proportionate.”
On Monday, the US slapped a fresh round of tough sanctions on Iran, including on its Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and top military chiefs. Tehran said the window for diplomacy was shut.
Iran also said it would abandon more commitments made under a 2015 nuclear deal signed with world powers. The US withdrew from that deal last year.