But Mattis, speaking at a news conference in California, listed his many concerns about Iranian actions in the Middle East, including Tehran's support for President Bashar al-Assad in Syria's civil war and for Houthi militants fighting the internationally recognized government in Yemen. "What we are looking to do is to ensure that all parties embrace peaceful and stable principles to ensure that our region is safe", she said. "Trump, this is the language of night clubs and gambling halls", Mr Soleimani said. You start the war, but we end it up, go and ask your predecessors, commanders, and security forces. Have you forgotten that you used to get adult diapers for your soldiers operating United States tanks? "Do not play with the lion's tail", he said, "because you will regret it eternally".
The comments by Major-General Qassem Soleimani, who heads the special forces unit of Iran's Revolutionary Guard, follow Trump's almost all-caps tweet earlier this week directed at Iran's President Hassan Rouhani.
Observers in Iran think Rohani's sober reaction is a way to keep the door open for possible negotiations with the U.S., as Tehran's economy continues to struggle.
NEW YORK, July 23 (Reuters) - Oil prices pulled back in volatile trading on Monday as both crude benchmarks fell after rallying more than $1 a barrel early in the session on escalating tensions between the us and Iran.
Oil prices steadied on Tuesday as rising tension between the United States and Iran highlighted risks to supply while escalating trade disputes raised the prospect of slower economic growth and perhaps weaker energy demand.
Founding partner at energy hedge fund Again Capital, John Kilduff, said Brent crude - the worldwide benchmark for oil prices - is on a path to $90 a barrel because the Trump administration is unlikely to issue many sanctions waivers.
Trump earlier this year pulled the United States out of the global deal meant to prevent Tehran from developing a nuclear weapon and ordered increased American sanctions.
As noted by K. Berg, one such measure may be closing the Iranian waters of the Strait of Hormuz.
The Iran nuclear deal - which was also concluded with other world powers, including Germany, France, England, Russia, and China - still technically remains in place, as the other countries have vowed to remain a party to the accord despite America's absence.
That provoked an all-caps tweet from Mr Trump that if Iran threatened the USA again, it would suffer severe consequences.