WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- President Hassan Rouhani of Iran has warned President Donald Trump against pursuing hostile policies toward Iran.
- Rouhani threatened the U.S. that “the mother of all wars” is likely to happen.
- In May, Trump announced the US withdrawal from the Iran Nuclear Deal and reinstated sanctions against Iran.
Before becoming president, Donald Trump has long criticized Iran and condemned the 2015 nuclear deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Trump announced on May 8, 2018, that the U.S. would officially withdraw from the JCPOA, which was an agreement by Iran and five other world powers.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo vowed to enforce the “strongest sanctions in history” against Iran after Trump’s decision was announced.
The Iranian news agency IRNA reported on Sunday Iran’s president message to Trump.
“Don’t play with fire, or you will regret,” Iran President Hassan Rouhani said. “Iranian people are the master and they will never bow to anyone.”
Rouhani implied that Iran prefers peace but warned Trump and U.S. officials to tread carefully after learning the U.S. is “intervening across the region.”
“America should know peace with Iran is the mother of all peace,” the Iranian president said. But, “war with Iran is the mother of all wars.”
“The U.S. Administration is at war simultaneously with the world and its own national interests,” he added.
Iranian leaders are concerned that the U.S. may be planning to invade their country. Iran’s military chief of staff General Mohammad Baqeri said that the Trump administration has been “trying to persuade the U.S. military to launch an invasion [of Iran].”
Pompeo assured that the U.S. intended to support the citizens of the Islamic Republic.
“It’s about changing the behavior of the leadership in Iran to comport with what the Iranian people really want them to do,” Pompeo said, Radio Free Europe reported.
Pompeo’s suggestions were criticized by Rouhani, calling it deceitful.
“It is not possible to provoke the Iranian people against the country’s security and interests,” he said. “You are declaring war against Iran and at the same time claim support [to] them?”
Major General Yahya Rahim Safavi said that Iran’s armed forces are ready to handle any military aggression by the U.S., Israel and their allies. Safavi is Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s top military adviser.
“We have learned to examine different scenarios and have a plan for every possible threat,” the Iranian general said.