Iran's Suleimani threatens Trump: 'The Red Sea is no longer secure'

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Responding to U.S. President Donald Trump's anti-Iran rhetoric, chief of the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) said on Wednesday that if Trump hears about the IRGC's capabilities, he will never dare say the same things again.

"It's time for Iran to shape up and show responsibility as a responsible nation", he added.

"You will start this war but we will be the ones to impose its end".

"Don't threaten us with killing", he said. "We are ready to confront you".

In a televised speech Sunday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, stating that the USA can't block Iranian oil from the worldwide market, said to Trump, "Do not play with the lion's tail or else you will regret it". "Only a cabaret owner uses such language to communicate with the world".

About 60 percent of Americans polled say they'd heard about Trump's tweet, although just 12 percent had seen it directly on Twitter, with the rest learning about it from the news.

To the question on oil from alternative countries being available on the same commercial terms as that from Iran, he said: "Oil PSUs import crude keeping in view the domestic requirement".

Following the US' pullout from the nuclear agreement in May, Iran said it was interested in keeping the deal alive, but only if the remaining powers can guarantee it will not face economic isolation under Washington's sanctions.

You already did all you could! Suleimani asked of the US.

Soleimani went on to stress that the United States committed the most horrid crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan, adding "what you did in Abu Ghraib prison will forever be your stigmata". "Isn't it that now you are begging the Taliban to negotiate?"

The ABC has cited unnamed senior security figures within the federal government as saying they believed the USA was eyeing Iran's nuclear facilities.

"President Trump has said that Iran is not the same country it was five months ago. We will act and we will work".

Iran, OPEC's third-largest producer pumping 3.75 million barrels a day, has come under increasing US pressure, with the administration of President Donald Trump pushing countries to cut all imports of Iranian oil from November.

Iranians burn an image of US President Donald Trump during an anti-US demonstration outside the former US embassy headquarters in the capital Tehran on 9 May 2018 after Trump's withdrawal from the nuclear deal with Iran.

Houthis have intensified missile attacks on Saudi soil and targets since Saudi and UAE coalition forces have advanced towards the port city of Hodaydah, where most aid and food comes through Yemen.