Iran’s foreign ministry has stated that it will respond with equal countermeasures if the US attempts to block its oil exports after Washington officials ramped up pressure on allies to stop importing the Iranian commodity.
Bahram Qassemi, a spokesman for the ministry, said: “If America wants to take a serious step in this direction it will definitely be met with a reaction and equal countermeasures from Iran.”
President Hassan Rouhani’s proposed action of Iran blocking Gulf oil exports, if its own were blocked, was supported by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
Tensions between Tehran and Washington have deepened over the past few days, with Iran dismissing a warning from US President Donald Trump that said Iran risked facing severe consequences “the like of which few throughout history have suffered before” if it continued to threaten the US.
Relations between the two countries have deteriorated since Trump threatened the country with sanctions after withdrawing the US from a global agreement over its nuclear programme.