Rouhani says conflict with Iran would be ‘mother of all wars’
“You cannot provoke the Iranian people against their own security and interests,” he said in a televised speech at a gathering of Iranian diplomats in Tehran.
“We have always guaranteed the security of this strait. Do not play with the lion’s tail, you will regret it forever,” he said.
“Peace with Iran would be the mother of all peace and war with Iran would be the mother of all wars.”
Rouhani spoke ahead of a much-trailed speech by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo later on July 22, seen as part of Washington’s
efforts to foment unrest against the Islamic government in Iran.
The U.S. is seeking to tighten the economic screws on Iran, abandoning a landmark 2015 nuclear deal and reimposing stringent sanctions.
Washington has also launched concerted propaganda efforts in Iran, including social media campaigns, designed to exacerbate popular discontent.
“Whenever Europe has sought an agreement with us, the White House has sown discord,” Rouhani said.
But he added: “We must not think that the White House will remain forever at this level of opposition to international law, against the Muslim world.”