Iran's Rohani Warns Trump: 'Don't Play With The Lion's Tail'

Hassan Rouhani told the US president ‘Do not play with the lion’s tail

Hassan Rouhani told the US president ‘Do not play with the lion’s tail

Trump withdrew the United States from the Iran Nuclear Agreement in May and has since threatened the Rouhani government if they choose to restart their nuclear weapons program.

Addressing a gathering of Iranian diplomats on Sunday, President Hassan Rouhani said, "The Americans must fully understand that peace with Iran is the mother of all the peace, and war with Iran would be the mother of all wars", Tehran Times reported.

"Mr. Trump, don't play with the lion's tail".

Speaking to a California audience composed mostly of Iranian-Americans, Pompeo said that while the Iranian people must determine the country's direction, Washington "will support the long-ignored voice of the Iranian people". There are elections approaching in the USA and while many (rightfully) bemoan the shedding of United States blood and the waste of treasure involved in a war, there is no doubt a war tends to boost a leaders' popularity and votes.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday that Iran "is run by something that resembles the mafia more than a government", citing what he described as vast wealth and corruption among the country's leaders.

Rouhani and Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei have both rejected calls to negotiate with Trump over a replacement sanctions relief deal.

The Trump administration pulled the United States out of the 2015 nuclear deal early May and has vowed to impose harsh sanctions that it claims could eventually destroy the Iranian economy.

President Donald Trump boards Air Force One at Morristown Municipal Airport, in Morristown, N.J., Sunday, July 22, 2018, en route to Washington after staying at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J.

Iran has faced increased USA pressure and looming sanctions following Trump's decision to withdraw the United States from a 2015 global deal over Iran's nuclear program.

The move was harshly criticized by Iran.

He said "overthrow, disintegration, boycott and weakening" were the main United States policies against Iran.

"Mr Trump! We are the honest men who have throughout history guaranteed the safety of this region's waterways", Hassan Rouhani told Trump in a televised speech.

Earlier this month, Rouhani hinted that Tehran may block regional oil exports if its own sales are halted following the US' withdrawal from a 2015 nuclear deal signed with world powers.

The statement was apparently in response to attempts by the Trump administration to destabilize the current Iranian regime.

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