Rouhani says conflict with Iran would be 'mother of all wars'

U.S. President Donald Trump announced Washington's exit from the 2015 nuclear deal on May 8 and said sanctions will be restored against Iran.

Current and former US officials said the campaign paints Iranian leaders in a harsh light, at times using information that is exaggerated or contradicts other official pronouncements, including comments by previous administrations.

Trump has said he is open to a new deal that would cover not only Iran's nuclear facilities, but also its missile program and regional interventions.

"You are not in a position to incite the Iranian nation against Iran's security and interests", Rouhani said according to the Reuters news agency, which quoted Iranian media.

"Their efforts will fail again", he said.

"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 US military to launch a military invasion (of Iran)", Baqeri said.

Among Iranian-Americans attending is Mariam Memarsadeghi, the co-founder of Tavaana E-learning Institute for Iranian Civil Society, who tells RFE/RL she's "deeply appreciative of a USA strategy that puts maximum pressure on [Iran's Supreme Leader Ali] Khamenei to fundamentally alter the regime's behavior". "I don't believe that they are", a senior State Department official said at a July 19 conference call focused on Pompeo's speech in response to a question about whether the MKO is among the invitees to the speech.

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"Do not forget that we have maintained the security of this waterway [Strait of Hormuz] throughout history".

Zarif was addressing the Foreign Ministry personnel at Imam Khomeini's Mausoleum.

"Those groups are as problematic for the Iraqi state as they are for us".

"Peace with Iran would be the mother of all peace and war with Iran would be the mother of all wars".

"Meanwhile, the numerous tasks that need to be carried out inside the country should be followed up", he added.

For his part, the Austrian official said his country, as a member state of the European Union, supports the nuclear accord reached between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council - the United States, Britain, France, China and Russian Federation - plus Germany.

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