01:40 GMT24 September 2020
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    Over the past week, top officials in both Tehran and Washington have issued statements cautioning each other against possible aggressive moves, particularly concerning a possible oil trade blockade.

    National Security Adviser John Bolton said in a statement on Monday that he and US President Donald Trump had discussed Iran, stressing that the US leader was ready to take drastic action.

    "I spoke to the President over the last several days, and President Trump told me that if Iran does anything at all to the negative, they will pay a price like few countries have ever paid before," the official said.

    In a Twitter message on Sunday, Trump warned Tehran, saying that if Iranian President Hassan Rouhani ever threatened the United States again, his country would suffer consequences that "few throughout history have ever suffered."

    READ MORE: US 'Not Afraid' to Tackle Iran at 'Highest Level' — Pompeo

    In his tweet, Trump addressed a recent statement made by the Iranian president, who had suggested on Saturday that his country may block Gulf oil exports in the event Iranian exports are stopped. Rouhani also said later that "war with Iran is the mother of all wars and peace with Iran is the mother of all peace."

    Relations between the two countries deteriorated in May, when Trump announced his intention to withdraw the US from the Iranian nuclear deal and to re-impose unilateral sanctions against Tehran. The move was not supported by the other parties to the agreement — China, Russia, France, Germany, Great Britain and the EU all refused to follow the US, confirming their commitment to the deal.


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