Iran Vows to Respond to US Threats with ‘Equal Countermeasures’

US President Donald Trump is pushing countries to cut all Iranian oil imports starting in November

"Today, an absolute majority of world states condemn or view US actions as wrong", said the president, describing it as proof that the Iranian nation's resistance has been fruitful.

"As far as Indian Oil is concerned, we are always very well prepared for the eventualities", said Subodh Dakwale, executive director (corporate communications and branding) and national spokesperson, IOC.

Soleimani called Trump a "gambler" and said his language belongs in "nightclubs".

The comments by Major-General Qassem Soleimani, who heads the Quds Force of Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guards Corps, were the latest salvo in a war of words between the two countries which has reached a new level of bellicosity.

"If you begin the war, we will end the war", he said.

"We are near you, where you can't even imagine ..."

"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 Iran, should not play with the lion's tail", Bagheri said in a statement.

The tweet came after President Rouhani warned the United States against its hostile approach against Iran, saying America should know that peace with Iran will be the mother of all peace while war with the country will be the mother of all wars.

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Just 23 percent of the public say they'd support the US deciding to declare war on Iran, while the majority, 53 percent, oppose the idea.

"We are ready", he continued.

Later, however, as Iranian crude imports into India fell from over 700,000 bpd in May to just 592,800 bpd in June, it began to emerge that despite the government's stance, refiners were wary of losing their access to US bank financing.

Trump issued a capped-up threat over Twitter on Monday, warning Iran to "BE CAUTIOUS". "Therefore you have to be careful about insulting the Iranian people and the president of our Republic".

He also said that the Red Sea, a critical waterway linking the Suez Canal and the Indian Ocean basin, was "no longer secure" with USA military assets stationed in the area.

Also bolstering prices, tensions between the United States and Iran have been rapidly escalating over the past week.

Washington is now re-imposing sanctions on Iran's oil, aircraft exports, and precious metals trade among other sectors, despite objections from the UK, France, China, Russia and Germany, who all signed the 2015 agreement.

The Bab el-Mandab Strait, which is the southern entrance to the Red Sea, is one of the world's key shipping lanes for crude oil and allows crude exports into the European market.

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