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Rouhani to Trump: War with Iran is 'mother of all wars’

Rouhani to Trump: War with Iran is 'mother of all wars’
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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday warned the U.S. against taking aggressive action that could lead to war with Iran.

“America should know that peace with Iran is the mother of all peace, and war with Iran is the mother of all wars,” Rouhani told a group of Iranian diplomats, according to Reuters.

Rouhani also said pursuing hostile policies against Iran would "only lead to regret."

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“You are not in a position to incite the Iranian nation against Iran’s security and interests,” Rouhani added, Reuters reported.

Tensions between the U.S. and Iran have been heightened for years, dating back well before the Trump administration.

However, President TrumpDonald TrumpVirginia GOP gubernatorial nominee acknowledges Biden was 'legitimately' elected Biden meets with DACA recipients on immigration reform Overnight Health Care: States begin lifting mask mandates after new CDC guidance | Walmart, Trader Joe's will no longer require customers to wear masks | CDC finds Pfizer, Moderna vaccines 94 percent effective in health workers MORE rattled allies and Iran with his decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Iran nuclear deal earlier this year. The agreement offered Tehran sanctions relief in exchange for Tehran limiting its nuclear program.

As a result, the U.S. will reimpose sanctions on companies that do business with Iran, though the Treasury Department has said it may grant waivers to some businesses.

Trump has said Iran will come to the negotiating table to hammer out a better deal, though that has yet to happen. The New York Times reported last week that Iranian leadership rejected Trump's request to meet in person on multiple occasions in 2017. 

Meanwhile, administration officials have voiced support for protesters who have spoken out against Iranian leadership. Late last month, Secretary of State Mike PompeoMike PompeoUS Olympic Committee urges Congress not to boycott Games in China Pompeo on CIA recruitment: We can't risk national security to appease 'liberal, woke agenda' DNC gathers opposition research on over 20 potential GOP presidential candidates MORE said the Iranian people "are tired of the corruption, injustice, and incompetence from their leaders."