How safe is it to travel to Iran after today’s rage of words between leaders of Iran and the United States? The US State Department posted in red letters on its website: Do not travel to Iran due to the risk of proizvoljan arrest and detention of U.S. citizens.
In the meantime, Austria is supporting travel and tourism to Iran for its citizens.
Austria will organize a specialized training course for the development and promotion of the tourism sector in Iran.
Austrian Ambassador to Tehran Stefan Scholz said on Friday, “Iran enjoys extraordinary and high tourism potentials so that a specialized joint tourism and ecotourism course will be held by one of the leading Austrian universities in Iran.”
He pointed to the age-old and amicable relationship between Iran and Austria, which dates back to 500 years ago, and said, “this prestigious symposium was marked in Tehran magnificently concurrent with the 60th anniversary of the establishment of Austrian Cultural Association in Iran.”
A different tone is progressing between Iranian President Rouhani and US President Trump making travel to that country for U.S. citizen a challenge. The Iranian president said “Today, talking to America means nothing but surrender. In the face of the bullying liar that is Trump, surrendering will mean allowing the looting of Iran. ”
Iran and specifically the Iran Travel and Tourism Industry has been known to be a great host and welcoming tourists, specifically Americans in difficult times of relations.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said today the United States should know that peace with Iran will be the mother of all peace while a war with the country will be the mother of all wars.
US President Trump responded in a tweet and in capital letters: NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE. WE ARE NO LONGER A COUNTRY THAT WILL STAND FOR YOUR DEMENTED WORDS OF VIOLENCE & DEATH. BE CAUTIOUS!
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani of Iran says the United States should know that peace with Iran will be the mother of all peace while a war with the country will be the mother of all wars.
The Iranian president reminded America of Iran’s long reach in the region.
Iranian’s Press TV published:
“Iran’s strategic depth reaches the [Indian] Subcontinent to the east, and the Mediterranean to the west, the Red Sea to the south, and the Caucasus to the north,” he said. “We rooted Daesh out and saved the people in the region; we take pride in ourselves.”
The Iranian chief executive further praised the role of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) in protecting the country against enemy plots.
Under the administration of President Donald Trump, the US has taken an increasingly hostile approach toward Iran.
On May 8, Trump unilaterally withdrew the US from a 2015 multilateral nuclear deal with Iran over the objections of Europe as well as Russia and China — the other parties to the deal, which is officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
The withdrawal entailed not only the re-imposition of sanctions on Iran but also the so-called secondary sanctions on third countries. Some of those sanctions will take effect after a 90-day wind-down period ending on August 6, and the rest after a 180-day wind-down period ending on November 4.
Most recently, the Trump White House has announced that it seeks to supposedly bring Iran’s oil sales down to “zero.”
Isolated America should not be given chance to recover’
The Iranian president referred to the stance of the remaining parties to the JCPOA versus that of America and said the US has become isolated as a result of its unilateral withdrawal.
“The US is clashing with the whole world over the JCPOA,” he said, adding, “The isolated America should not [be given a chance to] recover.”
‘Don’t you want to play with the lion’s tail!’
Earlier, and on a trip to Europe, Rouhani had said that if Iran is made incapable of selling its oil, so will other countries in the region — a relatively implicit statement that has been taken to mean that Iran may block its waters in the Strait of Hormuz, through which many international oil cargoes pass.
On Sunday, he repeated that threat — this time unambiguously.
“No one with even a basic understanding of politics will ever say, ‘We will block Iran’s oil exports,’” President Rouhani said, reminding America that, “We have many straits; the Strait of Hormuz is but one.”
He had more advice for Trump.
“Mr. Trump! We are men of honor and [have been] the guarantors of the security of the region’s waterway throughout history. Don’t you want to play with the lion’s tail! It will be something [for you] to regret,” he said.
‘You declare war on Iranians and speak of support for them?!’
The US has recently launched “an offensive of speeches and online communications meant to foment unrest” among ordinary Iranians, according to Reuters.
On Sunday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was scheduled to give a speech titled “Supporting Iranian Voices” to opponents of the Islamic Republic in California.
Apparently referring to that campaign by the US, President Rouhani said America “cannot incite the Iranian nation against the security and interests of Iran.”
“You declare war on the Iranian nation and speak of support [for them]? You are all over the place in the region. Know what you say!” the Iranian president said.
‘The bullying liar that is Trump’
On Saturday, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said that talks with the US would be futile as neither America’s word nor even its signature were credible.
The measures would collectively cause difficulties for Europe to maintain trade ties with Iran. Nevertheless, Europe and Russia and China have decided to explore ways to maintain the JCPOA and trade with Iran.
Iranian officials have said the US measures equal an “economic war” on Iran.
In his Sunday remarks, President Rouhani said threats against Iran would have the opposite effect.
“Threats will further unite us [Iranians]; we will certainly defeat America,” he said. “That will carry some costs for us, but the benefits will be greater.”
President Rouhani did say, however, that Trump presented “both a threat and an opportunity.”