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I'm Noel king and I'm Rachel Martin leaders in Iran seemed. To be dismissing. President, Trump's. Threatening Sunday night tweet the head of Iran's judiciary? Described the comments as the quote words of? A, troublemaker the president tweeted that Iran risked dire consequences. Quote the likes of which few throughout. History have suffered before if it made threats against the United States. NPR's Peter Kenyon is following the story and joins us now good morning Peter, hi, Rachel how do you read Iran's. Response to President Trump, would, you consider this to be an escalation well it's it's the latest in rhetorical back and forth it's been going on since early may that's when President Trump pulled out of the twenty fifteen nuclear deal, these American sanctions that we lifted under, the agreement are now, coming back, banking sanctions come back in about two weeks then in early November US oil sanctions you're supposed to kick in Tehran's working with the other five countries in the deal still to try and keep trade Going not, clear, how successful that will be at. Iran's trying to portray the, US as isolated that's part of this back and forth but the rhetoric just keeps escalating as the return of sanctions gets nearer As you know I mean. The Trump administration pulled the? US, out of the Iran nuclear deal and really since then the US. Has been, pressuring other countries to stop importing Iranian oil there has, been, a development on this this morning what can you tell us well the. Latest response from Iran, has come from the foreign ministry spokesperson there says, if the US, does get serious about reducing Iran's oil exports secretary state. Pompeo is at the goal is to reduce it to zero, then the spokesperson says Ron will respond with what he, calls equal, countermeasures not entirely clear but that's probably a reference to. The strait, of Hormuz a lot of oil goes through there every day and again so far this, is at the level of. A threat not action but it certainly has the attention of world oil markets and meanwhile as some countries responding to US pressure are beginning to reduce their oil imports from Iran so so things are moving so. How do Iranians feel about the US. Right now if you talk about the fact that Iran is just it's Trying to make do trying to make the nuclear deal work, with the allies were left. In it and and to minimize the effect of the US withdrawal how do Iranians perceive the US in this moment Well a lot. Of Iranians are disappointed in the shift from the Obama administration which wanted to work with Iran and, the Trump administration which clearly does not, which wants to. Return to maximum pressure in hope of? Extracting concessions, it's the kind of language Iran's, hard liners understand perfectly in many ways despite their different starting points the Trump administration and, Iran's hard, liners I think alike. What, about more broadly throughout, the region I mean when you look at this now intensifying rhetoric between President Trump and members, of the of of Iran's government does make regional regional. Allies regional neighbours feel nervous well it does of course because you've got, support continuing for Washington from the strongest. To regional allies Israel and Saudi Arabia, and, varying degrees of concern and all the other countries it's not clear what they could do as this hostility keeps ramping up but obviously they're paying attention quite closely NPR's Peter. Kenyon for us this morning Peter thanks so much Thanks rachel Jury selection starts today in the case of an, FBI agent who's accused of lying and obstruction, of Justice the case centers around the two thousand and sixteen occupation of the malheur national. Wildlife refuge one of the, occupations leaders Robert lavar finicky and was shot and killed Conrad Wilson. Of Oregon public broadcasting has the story and just a, quick note this story does have audio that some listeners may. Find disturbing.

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