Iran's state-owned news agency has dismissed President Donald Trump's warning tweet, issued all in capital letters, to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, describing it as a "passive reaction" to Rouhani's remarks.
Trump also highlighted to the veterans Tuesday part of last month's agreement with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to transfer home the remains of American soldiers killed in the North Korea War.
Mr Rezaei, the Iranian Expediency Council secretary, responded to Donald Trump's all-capitals Twitter barrage by saying: "You, who possess more than 50k troops within the range of the Iran's fire, are the one who should be anxious".
Separately, Reuters on Sunday quoted usa officials as saying that the Trump administration "has launched an offensive of speeches and online communications meant to foment unrest and help pressure Iran to end its nuclear program and its support of militant groups".
However, during his weekly cabinet meeting Monday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also praised the president's statements regarding Iran.
'Anyone who understands the rudiments of politics doesn't say "we will stop Iran's oil exports"...we have been the guarantor of the regional waterway's security throughout history, ' Rouhani said, cited by the semi-official ISNA news agency.
This week, it appears as if Iran began to fight back verbally.
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He accused the United States of working to weaken and "overthrow" the clerical establishment and create divisions in the country.
Earlier on Tuesday, Iran's armed forces chief of staff warned the United States of a robust reaction if it continued to threaten Iranian interests. "Threats bring us together", Rohani said, while adding that "we will definitely defeat America".
"And so if we can continue to sanction their leaders, it may be that the regime would fall and the people of Iran would rise up and have a more representative government that could be friendly with the rest of the world".
"Pompeo warned Tehran that it would face 'the strongest sanctions in history" if it didn't change course and comply with the USA demands.
Trump came into office vowing to take a hard line on Iran and scrap the Obama-negotiated nuclear deal of 2015, which he did in May.
"North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States".