Rouhani says conflict with Iran would be 'mother of all wars'

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani arrives in Zurich earlier this month

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday warned the US against taking aggressive action that could lead to war with Iran.

U.S. President Donald Trump ended the JCPOA in May because of the agreement's failure to prevent Tehran from building a nuclear weapon device.

He also said Iran will not wait for Europeans to take action and will try to plan for maintaining the volume of the country's non-oil exports.

"You can not provoke the Iranian people against their own security and interests", he said in a televised speech at a gathering of Iranian diplomats in Tehran.

"America should know that peace with Iran is the mother of all peace, and war with Iran is the mother of all wars", Rouhani told a group of Iranian diplomats, according to Reuters.

Washington initially planned to totally shut Iran out of global oil markets after Trump abandoned the deal that limited Iran's nuclear ambitions, demanding all other countries to stop buying its crude by November.

Following Trump's decision to quit the historic Iran nuclear pact on May 8, the United States vowed to re-impose sanctions lifted under the accord against Iran and inflict punishments like secondary sanctions on nations that have business links with Iran.

Mike Pompeo Secretary of State is using Twitter to get his message out
Mike Pompeo Secretary of State is using Twitter to get his message out Credit Brendan McDermid Reuters

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has said that no country in the region will export oil if Iran's exports are stopped.

Iranian officials have in the past threatened to block the Strait of Hormuz, a major oil shipping route, in retaliation for any hostile USA action.

"Whenever Europe has sought an agreement with us, the White House has sown discord", Rouhani said.

"The idea that problems can be resolved through negotiations or relations with the United States is a major error", he added.

"I have previously pointed out that Americans' words or even signatures can not be relied on; thus negotiations with the United States are useless", Khamenei said, in comments published on his website.

Six major powers agreed with Iran in Vienna in 2015 to curb Tehran's civilian nuclear program so that it can not be used for developing atomic weapons, while sanctions were lifted in return.

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