Washington, U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday Iran would be met with "great force" if it attempted anything against U.S. interests in the Middle East, adding that Tehran has been very hostile toward Washington.
Trump told reporters as he departed the White House for an event in Pennsylvania that he was willing to have talks with Iran "when they're ready" but no discussions were going on now.
Trump's remarks came despite urgings from Tehran on Monday for the United States to treat Iran with respect, not threats of war, in response to the U.S. leader's comments on Sunday that stoked concerns about a potential U.S.-Iran conflict.
"I think Iran would be making a very big mistake if they did anything. If they do something, it will be met with great force but we have no indication that they will," Trump said.
Trump warned Iranian leaders not to call for talks unless they were prepared to negotiate.
In an interview with Fox News broadcast late Sunday, Trump stressed he wouldn't let Tehran have nuclear weapons.
Source: Jordan News Agency