Iran will react with equal countermeasures if Washington tries to block its oil exports, the foreign ministry said on Tuesday, while the Islamic Republic’s armed forces chief said U.S. threats would draw an “unimaginable and regrettable” reaction.
“As our president correctly pointed out, the enemies, particularly America, whose centers of interest are within reach of the visible and hidden defense forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran, should not play with the lion’s tail,” Bagheri said in a statement, according to IRNA.
“Because they will receive a strong, unimaginable and regrettable response of great magnitude in the region and the world.”
U.S. officials are stepping up diplomatic efforts to pressure countries to stop importing Iranian oil, U.S. News reports.
“If America wants to take a serious step in this direction it will definitely be met with a reaction and equal countermeasures from Iran,” foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Saturday backed President Hassan Rouhani’s suggestion that Iran might block Gulf oil exports if its own exports are stopped.
Already fraught relations between Tehran and Washington have worsened in recent days.
Armed Forces Chief of Staff Major General Mohammad Bagheri said on Tuesday that Iran wants peace but will defend its interests in the Gulf.
“As the dominant power in the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz, (Iran) has been the guarantor of the security of shipping and the global economy in this vital waterway and has the strength to take action against any scheme in this region,” Bagheri said, according to Reuters.
Is this just another “twitter” war between our President and another communistic nation or is this saber rattling? Something tells me Iran is a tad bit crazier than North Korea and believes they could actually win a war with the United States.
It would be the shortest war in history- we would destroy them in a matter of days.
Chris “Badger” Thomas is a Veteran who served our country as an Army Combat Medic.