A handout picture provided by the Iranian presidency on July 22, 2018 shows President Hassan Rouhani (R) attending a meeting with Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and other ministry officials in the capital Tehran.
President Donald Trump threatened Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Twitter late Sunday night after the Iranian leader issued a warning to the USA president earlier in the day.
Rouhani earlier warned Trump to stop "playing with the lion's tail" and threatening Iran, "or else you will regret it".
Rouhani on Sunday said "war with Iran is the mother of all wars", but did not rule out peace between the two countries.
Rouhani warned against any USA attempt to destabilize the country by encouraging protests, saying: 'You are not in a position to incite the Iranian nation against Iran's security and interests'.
Rouhani repeated his warning that Iran could shut down the strategic Strait of Hormuz, a vital shipping lane for global oil supplies.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced in May that the U.S. will apply economic and military pressure against Iran and will impose "the strongest sanctions in history" on the Islamic Republic.More news: Andrew Lincoln breaks hearts as he confirms 'Walking Dead' exit
Iran's ayatollahs, he said, were "hypocritical holy men" who 'seem more concerned with riches than religion'.
"You are not in a position to incite the Iranian nation against Iran's security and interests", Rouhani said, in an apparent reference to reported efforts by Washington to destabilize Iran's Islamic government.
The irony is that at the beginning of the movement many people considered the attack on the oil companies' headquarters in al-Qurnah north of Basra, a part of an Iranian plan aimed at hindering the plan of US President Donald Trump to boycott Iranian oil exports.
"Although the current American government does not seem to speak of a military threat, according to precise information it has been trying to persuade the usa military to launch a military invasion (of Iran)", Baqeri said.
"We have always guaranteed the security of this strait".
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Saturday backed Rouhani's suggestion that Iran may block Gulf oil exports if its own exports are halted. The Trump administration in late June threatened sanctions on countries that purchase oil from Iran.