On July 22, U.S. President Trump threatened the complete destruction of Iran. The all-caps tweet outburst was a flagrant violation of international law.

Trump’s comment comes along with significant escalation of U.S. aggression toward Iran. On May 8, Trump announced the United States would violate the nuclear agreement with Iran and re-impose sanctions drawing fierce criticism from Iran, countries around the world, and U.S. anti-war organizations. Trump had claimed that Iran was continuing its pursuit of nuclear weapons, contradicting 11 certifications of compliance by the International Atomic Energy Agency.

The economic sanctions are widely understood as precursors to  potential direct military conflict. As a particularly heinous form of warfare, sanctions target civilians by blocking access to medicine and other critical goods in order to wreak havoc and foster dissent. Iran’s neighbor Iraq suffered the death of more than half a million children due to U.S. sanctions.

Despite being prohibited by international law, the U.S.-imposed sanctions continue and are having a negative effect on the stability of Iran’s currency the Rial.

The UN Charter reads in article 2(4):

“All members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state, or in any other manner inconsistent with the purposes of the United Nations.”

Rising inflation is being felt in some areas in the country. An outside force artificially devaluing the currency of the dollar would not for one second be tolerated in the United States, but this is exactly what the U.S. imposes on other countries.

Off the coast of Iran in the Persian Gulf, the U.S. Fifth Fleet has been greatly expanded without much attention from the mainstream media. Thousands of U.S. soldiers are staffing U.S. aircraft carriers, destroyers and nuclear-armed attack submarines.

Standing reality on its head, Trump warned Iran from threatening the U.S. and demanded the country to “be cautious.” Iran does not pose a risk to American people, it has no military capacity near the U.S. and has been only concerned with what it sees and defending its own national sovereignty.

U.S. anti-war groups are on alert watching the situation and working to expose U.S. actions in the Middle East and it’s expanding astronomical military/war budget.