06:57 GMT28 October 2020
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    On Sunday Iranian President Hassan Rouhani urged his US counterpart Donald Trump to stop playing with fire, referring to Washington's calls for its allies to completely abandon imports of Iranian oil by early November.

    US President Donald Trump warned Tehran on Sunday of consequences "the likes of which few throughout history have ever suffered," if the country threatens the United States.

    The Iranian president said earlier that a "war with Iran is the mother of all wars," but did not rule out peace between the two countries.

    "Today, speaking with US has no meaning except surrender and end of people's achievements. Mr. Trump! We are the people of dignity and guarantor of security of the waterway of the region throughout the history. Don't play with the lion's tail; you will regret it," Rouhani said at a meeting with Iranian diplomats as quoted by the presidential office.

    The Iranian president also said that Iran's power was of a defensive nature, adding that the country was not fighting against anyone. "But the enemies must understand well that war with Iran is the mother of all wars and peace with Iran is the mother of all peace. We have never been intimidated and will respond threat with threat," Rouhani stressed.

    US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo delivered a speech Sunday entitled "Supporting Iranian Voices" at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Center for Public Affairs, in which he compared the Iranian government to the mafia.

    "Iran is run by something that resembles the mafia more than a government," Pompeo said

    In early May, US President Donald Trump announced that the United States would be pulling out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), commonly known as the Iran nuclear deal, signed in 2015 in Vienna by Iran, the European Union, China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, the United States and Germany.

    In addition, the US president decided to reinstate wide-ranging sanctions on Iran, previously lifted under the agreement in exchange for Tehran maintaining the peaceful nature of its nuclear program. Washington's unilateral move has been opposed by other parties to the nuclear deal.



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