Irans Rouhani warns Trump dont play with the lions tail

Lester Mason
July 22, 2018

"Mr. Trump, don't play with the lion's tail, this would only lead to regret", he said, Reuters reported, citing state-run media.

An Iranian official has dismissed the campaign, saying that the USA has tried in vain to undermine the government since the revolution in 1979.

Rouhani also appeared to refer to a recent report that the Trump administration is using speeches and online activities to try to create a swell of internal dissatisfaction with the regime.

Rouhani's apparent threat earlier this month to disrupt oil shipments from neighbouring countries came in reaction to looming USA sanctions and efforts by Washington to force all countries to stop buying Iranian oil.

The report also said officials in Washington have launched a campaign meant to pressure Iran to end its nuclear program and its support of militant groups in the Middle East by creating unrest among its citizens.

Khamenei said on Saturday it was an "obvious" mistake to negotiate with the United States because it does not abide by agreements.

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has supported a suggestion by President Hassan Rouhani who hinted earlier this month that Tehran may block regional oil exports if its own sales are stopped following the US' withdrawal from a 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.

Washington hit Tehran with an initial round of sanctions and threatened to retaliate against foreign companies that continue to do business with Iran despite the penalties. Proposals by European Union nations for economic "guarantees" to Iran have so far been judged "insufficient" by Tehran.

Europe, Russia, and China all want the deal to survive.

"The US seeks the return of the situation and their status before the (1979 Islamic) revolution in Iran", said Khamenei.

Rouhani suggested that Iran has alternatives to shipping crude through Hormuz.

But Khamenei said talks with the U.S. had proven to be "a blatant mistake" and "useless", claiming Washington would not be satisfied until the current regime was gone.

"I have long pointed out that it is not possible to count on the words and even the signatures of the Americans, so negotiations with the United States are of no avail", he said.

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

An Iranian technician walks through the Uranium Conversion Facility just outside the city of Isfahan, Iran, February 3, 2007.

"They are against the nuclear potential and the power of its (Iran's) enrichment, and its presence in the region".

Since the U.S. president pulled Washington out of the nuclear deal, European countries have been scrambling to ensure that Iran gets enough economic benefits to persuade it to stay in the deal.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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