TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Sunday that he doesn't believe the U.S. will pursue war with his country, because it will harm President Donald Trump's 2020 reelection bid.
Rouhani said that Trump knows that war with Iran will "ruin" his chances of winning the 2020 U.S. presidential election.
The Iranian leader added that war would be harmful to U.S. interests and those of its regional allies, as well as Iran.
"I think the Americans aren't after war since they know what harm it could do them," said Rouhani in a news conference.
He said that Persian Gulf nations like the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Qatar stood a lot to lose if conflict between Iran and the U.S. turns to war.
Tehran and Washington came close to an open conflict in January, when a U.S. d