Tehran warns of ‘mother of all wars’ as UK Navy joins US to protect shipping
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has said that a war with Iran would be the “mother of all wars” as he emphasised the US must lift all sanctions if they want to have any negotiations. The aggressive words of warning come as the UK has agreed to work alongside the US to ensure the security of the merchant vessels in the Strait of Hormuz, off the coast of Iran, which around a fifth of the world’s oil passes through each day.
Mr Rouhani said: “Peace with Iran is the mother of all peace, war with Iran is the mother of all wars.
“A strait for a strait. It can’t be that the Strait of Hormuz is free for you and the Strait of Gibraltar is not free for us.”
Mr Rouhani has said that Washington must lift all sanction “before everything else” and called the sanctions an act of “economic terrorism”.
According to Iranian state TV, President Rouhani made the comments during a meeting with foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Tuesday.
The Iranian president has issued a fresh threat .