The White House has blamed Iranian president Hassan Rouhani for inciting a war of words with USA leader Donald Trump, who warned that verbal threats could escalate into military conflict with America.
The outburst relates to Iran's 2015 agreement with the United States and five other countries, promising to abandon its nuclear ambitions in exchange for a loosening of economic sanctions, including restrictions on Tehran's oil exports, its principal revenue generator.
The U.S.is trying to stop those exports through sanctions, but Iran has hinted at blocking the Strait of Hormuz-the only way ships can get from the Persian Gulf out to sea-in retaliation.More news: Trader Joe's Suspected Gunman In Custody, Hours After Taking Hostages — LAPD
The US will throughout the remainder of this year crank up a campaign of heavy sanctions created to force Tehran to the table to renegotiate the nuclear deal and its role in Middle East affairs. The US contests Iran's and Oman's claims to these waters.
Addressing his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump, Rouhani said: "You declare war and then you speak of wanting to support the Iranian people".
Iranian officials have said the United States measures equal an "economic war" on Iran.
Also on Sunday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced in a speech that the Trump administration had launched a "maximum pressure campaign" targeting Iran and its economy.
Pompeo told a largely Iranian-American audience on Sunday that Iran's leadership was guilty of widespread corruption and abuse of individual rights.
Kimmel found it odd Trump would react so strongly to typical Iranian rhetoric.
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.