Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday cautioned U.S. President Donald Trump about pursuing hostile policies against Tehran, saying "America should know. war with Iran is the mother of all wars", but he did not rule out peace between the two countries, either.
"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.
'Don't play with fire, or you will regret, ' he continued. "The regime is also committed to spreading the Revolution to other countries, by force if necessary", said Pompeo during a highly anticipated address at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California.More news: Multiple Casualties In Shooting In Toronto, Say Reports
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo hinted at such efforts on Sunday, promising unspecified backing for Iranian dissents as he referred to the country's leaders as a "mafia".
The irony is that at the beginning of the movement many people considered the attack on the oil companies' headquarters in al-Qurnah north of Basra, a part of an Iranian plan aimed at hindering the plan of US President Donald Trump to boycott Iranian oil exports.
'Anyone who understands the rudiments of politics doesn't say 'we will stop Iran's oil exports, " Rouhani said, cited by the semi-official ISNA news agency. "America should know that peace with Iran is the mother of all peace, and war with Iran is the mother of all wars", he said.
The war of words grew to a fever pitch not long after Iran threatened to block global oil tankers from passing through the critical Strait of Hormuz in retaliation for looming sanctions.More news: Trump Again Contradicts Intelligence Officials, Says Russia Not Targeting U.S.
"We have always guaranteed the security of this strait".
His comments come months after the Trump administration announced that the U.S.is quitting the Iran nuclear deal brokered during the Obama administration and reinstating sanctions on the country.
The secretary of state and former Central Intelligence Agency director accused several members of Iran's leadership, including Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of Iran, of participating in widespread corruption.More news: Video shows moment of lava explosion on tour boat