Iran's Rouhani warns United States "war with Iran mother of all wars"

Lester Mason
July 22, 2018

Addressing a gathering of Iranian diplomats, Rohani said: "Mr Trump, don't play with the lion's tail, this would only lead to regret", ISNA reported.

Addressing his United States counterpart Donald Trump, Rouhani said: "You declare war and then you speak of wanting to support the Iranian people".

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei rejected on Saturday the idea of new negotiations with the United States, praising the latest comments by Iranian president Hassan Rouhani in which he threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz if new oil sanctions are imposed against Tehran. In response, Iranian president Hassan Rouhani said Tehran could block oil tankers using the narrow Strait of Hormuz - cutting off supplies from the Gulf.

In Washington, U.S. officials familiar with 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.

In past months, the Iranian establishment has faced a range of challenges, including the USA withdrawal from the nuclear accord under which Tehran has limited its sensitive nuclear work in exchange for relief from economic sanctions; protests over the worsening economy, water scarcity, and pollution; and unprecedented public protests by women against forced veiling.

Washington has "a fundamental problem with the nature of Iran's Islamic establishment", Khamenei asserted.

The US has provided a list of 12 demands that says Tehran needs to accept if it seeks relief from Washington's threats.

The speech - which will highlight issues such as "corruption of the regime", "brutal repression at home", and "religious persecution", according to a senior State Department official - comes amid a renewed hard-line by Washington toward the Islamic republic first made public in May with Pompeo's 12 demands for Tehran, which have been interpreted as regime-change policy despite denials by US officials who say Washington only wants to change Iran's behavior.

Trump has said he is open to a new deal that would cover not only Iran's nuclear facilities, but also its missile program and regional interventions.

"As I have previously said, we can not trust in the words of the United States and even in their signature, so negotiations with the United States are useless", Khamenei told a gathering of Iranian diplomats in Tehran.

An Iranian technician walks through the Uranium Conversion Facility just outside the city of Isfahan, Iran, February 3, 2007. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says negotiations with Europe must continue but Iranians must not wait for their offer.

The president said these moves can provide a great opportunity to show the real nature of the US government.

France said earlier this month that it was unlikely European powers would be able to put together an economic package for Iran that would salvage its nuclear deal before November.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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