On Sunday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned the U.S President Donald Trump against the pursuit of hostile politics toward the islamic regime, saying, “America should know … war with Iran is the mother of all wars.” He, however, did not rule out peace in the ongoing sanction war headed by the U.S, reported the state news agency IRNA.
While addressing a gathering consisted of Iranian diplomats, he said, “Mr Trump, don’t play with the lion’s tail, this would only lead to regret.”
“America should know that peace with Iran is the mother of all peace, and war with Iran is the mother of all wars,” Rouhani said.
“You are not in a position to incite the Iranian nation against Iran’s security and interests,” he added, referring to the rival’s efforts to destabilize the regime’s government. U.S officials cognizant of the matter told Reuters that ‘the Trump administration has launched an offensive of speeches and online communications meant to foment unrest and help pressure Iran to end its nuclear programme and its support of militant groups’.
The campaign supposedly gives a harsh picture of the Iranian leaders, using exaggerated or contradictory information. Accordingly, Rouhani dismissed Trump’s threats of halting Iranian exports, responding that the regime had a dominant position in the Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz, a major oil shipping waterway.
“Anyone who understands the rudiments of politics doesn’t say ‘we will stop Iran’s oil exports’…we have been the guarantor of the regional waterway’s security throughout history,” Rouhani said, cited by the semi-official ISNA news agency.
Meanwhile, military chief of staff General Mohammad Baqeri said that the Trump government might be in preparations to invade Iran.
“The enemy’s behaviour is unpredictable,” military chief of staff General Mohammad Baqeri said, the semi-official Tasnim news agency reported.
“Although the current American government does not seem to speak of a military threat, according to precise information it has been trying to persuade the US military to launch a military invasion (of Iran),” Baqeri said.
Washington had earlier planned to shut Iran’s global oil market participation after Trump had abandoned the nuclear arms deal, but has now shown an eased stance saying it may grant sanction waivers to some allies that are particularly reliant on Iranian supplies.