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Iran will reply with equal countermeasures if america tries to dam its oil exports, the international ministry in Tehran says.
US officers are stepping up diplomatic efforts to stress international locations to cease importing Iranian oil.
“If America desires to take a critical step on this route it’s going to undoubtedly be met with a response and equal countermeasures from Iran,” international ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi was quoted as saying by the state information company IRNA.
Supreme Chief Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Saturday backed President Hassan Rouhani’s suggestion that Iran would possibly block Gulf oil exports if its personal exports are stopped.
Already-fraught relations between Tehran and Washington have worsened in latest days.
Armed Forces Chief of Workers Main Basic Mohammad Bagheri mentioned Iran desires peace however would defend its pursuits within the Gulf.
“Because the dominant energy within the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz, [Iran] has been the guarantor of the safety of transport and the worldwide economic system on this important waterway and has the energy to take motion towards any scheme on this area,” Mr Bagheri mentioned.
On Monday, Iran dismissed an indignant warning from President Donald Trump that it risked dire penalties “the likes of which few all through historical past have suffered earlier than” if it made threats towards america.
Iran’s parliamentary speaker on Tuesday described Mr Trump’s feedback as “the phrases of a troublemaker”.
“The USA is experiencing dysfunction and wildness in its diplomatic relations,” Ali Larijani was quoted as saying by IRNA.
Iran has confronted the specter of US sanctions since Mr Trump determined in Might to withdraw america from a 2015 settlement between world powers and Iran over its disputed nuclear programme.