Iran Can 'Easily' Respond to Trump's Threats Against Its Oil, Military Commander Warns

President Donald Trump's threats against Iran's oil "can be easily answered," the head of the elite Revolutionary Guards said Wednesday.

"If the current capabilities of the Revolutionary Guards ... reaches the ears of the adventure-seeking president of America, he will never make this kind of mistake and will reach the understanding that an oil threat can be easily answered," Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari said, Reuters reported.

Jafari was responding to Washington's efforts to strongarm the international community to halt oil imports from Iran. In response, Tehran has suggested it could completely block oil from passing through the Strait of Hormuz, a move that could disrupt global markets.

Increased tensions have arisen since Trump's May decision to remove the U.S. from the Iran nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). As the U.S. aims to implement new and harsher sanctions against Tehran, Europe, Russia and China have been working to maintain the treaty.

The military commander's comments also come as a war of words has escalated between Tehran and Washington since the weekend.

On Sunday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said, "America should know peace with Iran is the mother of all peace," but then warned that "war with Iran is the mother of all wars." Trump responded with an all-caps tweet: "NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE."

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo weighed in as well, criticizing the Iranian government and comparing it to a "mafia." He also said that "prosperity, security, and freedom for the Iranian people are acceptable casualties" to Tehran's leaders.

Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif then tweeted on Monday, arguing that his nation's people have been "around for millennia and [have] seen [the] fall of empires." Warning Trump and other U.S. leaders, the minister wrote, "BE CAUTIOUS!"

Despite Iran's bold statements, experts have suggested that the U.S. could easily stop Iran's efforts to block the Strait of Hormuz and defeat the nation militarily.

"In the event Iran choose to militarily close the Strait of Hormuz the U.S. and our Arabian Gulf allies would be able to open it in a matter of days," former Admiral James Stavridis told CNBC this week. He pointed out that Iran's navy is significantly inferior to that of the U.S., but is made up of hundreds of small fast ships that could potentially be used in "suicide attacks at sea."

The U.S. military currently has around 1.3 million active military personnel, while Iran has just 534,000. With reserve personnel, the U.S. military has more than 2 million troops, whereas Iran would struggle to hit 1 million. Overall, American troops are widely believed to be far better trained and equipped than their Middle Eastern rivals.

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