Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday that "war with Iran is the mother of all wars", giving a speech which also praised Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif after the United States imposed sanctions on him on July 31. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
Tensions have risen between Iran and the West since last year when the United States pulled out of an international agreement which curbed the Islamic Republic's nuclear programme in return for an easing of economic sanctions on Iran.
Rouhani was speaking at the Foreign Ministry, giving a speech which also praised Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif after the United States imposed sanctions on him on July 31.
If the United States wants to have negotiations with Iran then it must lift all sanctions, Rouhani said, noting that Iran must be allowed to export oil.
Fuelling fears of a Middle East war with global repercussions, Iran's Revolutionary Guards seized British tanker Stena Impero near the Strait of Hormuz in July for alleged marine violations, two weeks after British forces captured an Iranian oil tanker near Gibraltar accused of violating sanctions on Syria.
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