Iranian President: 'We Do Not Wage War With Any Nation'


President Hassan Rouhani: "The end of this battle will see victory of the Iranian nation" (Picture: PA).

Iran is not seeking to wage war against any nation, the country's president has said while at the same time stressing that Iranians will withstand mounting US pressure and emerge victorious.

The remarks by President Hassan Rouhani came after Iran announced it was breaking compliance with the nuclear deal with world powers and the Trump administration ordered 1,000 more troops to the Middle East.

"We do not wage war with any nation," Mr Rouhani said.

"The entire Iranian nation is unanimous in confronting" US pressures, he continued.

"The end of this battle will see victory of the Iranian nation."

He added that, despite the US withdrawal last year from Tehran's 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, Iran had remained "loyal to its commitments, to... international agreements".

US evidence claim
The US has released images it says shows Iran was behind recent attacks in the Gulf of Oman (Picture: Pentagon).

However, on Monday, Iran's nuclear agency announced it will surpass the uranium stockpile limits set by its 2015 nuclear deal in the next 10 days, raising pressure on Europeans trying to save the accord a year after the US withdrawal.

Hours later, the Pentagon announced it was sending about 1,000 additional American troops to the Middle East to bolster security in the region in the face of what US officials said was a growing threat from Iran.

It follows apparent attacks last week near the Strait of Hormuz on oil tankers, assaults that Washington has blamed on Iran.

While Iran has denied being involved, it laid mines in the 1980s targeting oil tankers around the narrow mouth of the Persian Gulf through which a fifth of the world's crude oil passes.