Don’t Force Iran to Go to War: Philippines President

U.S. President Donald Trump flanked by hawkish National Security Advisor John Bolton

"We're close to you, we're in places you cannot even imagine", Solemani warned in an interview with state-owned Iranian Al-Alam news agency. We are the nation of martyrdom, we are the nation of Imam Hossein, you better ask.

"Indian refineries import crude oil from diverse sources including Iran, depending on technical and commercial considerations", he said in a written reply in Rajya Sabha.

Following U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to quit the historic Iranian nuclear pact on May 8, Washington vowed to re-impose sanctions against Iran and inflict punishments on countries that have business links with Tehran.

Iran has threatened to stop shipments from passing through this narrow opening if USA sanctions get passed.

Soleimani said he's responding to Trump "as a soldier".

You already did all you could!

This week, Trump and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani traded barbs that culminated in Trump firing off a tweet in all capital letters threatening Iran with "CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE".

Soleimani went on to stress that the USA committed the most horrid crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan, adding "what you did in Abu Ghraib prison will forever be your stigmata". "You are today begging Taliban for talks", Major General Soleimani said. "Therefore you have to be careful about insulting the Iranian people and the president of our Republic", Suleimani said. "What damn could you do in 33-day war [in Lebanon] other than accepting Hezbollah's conditions for an end to war?"

Armed Forces Chief of Staff Major General Mohammad Bagheri said that USA threats will draw a "strong, unimaginable and regrettable" response from Tehran, according to IRNA.

The ABC has cited unnamed senior security figures within the federal government as saying they believed the U.S. was eyeing Iran's nuclear facilities.

Saudi Arabia and other large producers are ramping up production to offset losses from Iran that are likely to come with the approach of the November deadline for other countries to comply with USA sanctions on crude sales from Iran, said Phil Flynn, an analyst at Price Futures Group in Chicago.

Saudi Arabia said on Thursday it was temporarily halting all oil shipments through the strategic Red Sea shipping lane of Bab-el-Mandeb after an attack on two oil tankers by Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthi movement.

The comments by Soleimani are the latest in a salvo of diplomatic blows between the two countries amid a rapidly deteriorating relationship since the US's withdrawal from the landmark 2015 nuclear deal.

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