President Donald Trump threatened Iran on Sunday, tweeting that military engagement with the United States would mean “the official end of Iran” amid rising tensions between the two nations.
“If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran. Never threaten the United States again,” Trump said in a tweet.
If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran. Never threaten the United States again!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 19, 2019
Trump’s threat comes as his administration says it has built up the U.S. military presence in the region.
The U.S. has deployed a carrier strike group to the Persian Gulf in response to what national security adviser John Bolton said were aggressive moves by Iran in the region.
On Wednesday, the State Department pulled all non-emergency personnel from Iraq, citing possible threats from sectarian militias with ties to Iran.
Tehran has described U.S. moves as “psychological warfare” and a “political game.”
When asked on Thursday if the United States is going to war with Iran, Trump said “hope not.”