by WorldTribune Staff, July 22, 2018
As renewed U.S. sanctions loom and Iran’s economy staggers, President Hassan Rouhani on July 22 warned President Donald Trump that the U.S. shouldn’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.”
Rouhani shrugged off U.S. President Donald Trump’s threat to halt Iranian oil exports and said Iran has a dominant position in the Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz.
“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, according to the semi-official ISNA news agency.
Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei backed Rouhani’s suggestion that Iran may block Gulf oil exports if its own exports are halted.
Rouhani’s apparent threat earlier this month to disrupt oil shipments from neighboring countries came in reaction to efforts by Washington to force all countries to stop buying Iranian oil.
Iranian officials have in the past threatened to block the Strait of Hormuz in retaliation for any hostile U.S. action.