US President Donald Trump said earlier in the day that there’s no indication that Iran is preparing to take action against American interests in the Middle East, but added that any provocation would be met “with great force”.
In a televised speech, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has said that the US administration is made up of “novice politicians with naïve ideas”, claiming that his American counterpart Donald Trump had scaled back on his threats after military aides advised him against a war with Iran.
“Right after threatening Iran, they were forced to say they do not seek a war. Iranians will never bow to a bully”, he said, adding that the unity of the Iranian nation had changed Trump’s decision to wage war.
The country’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, in the meantime, told CNN that Iran would not return to the negotiating table unless the Trump administration shows respect for Tehran by honouring its commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), also known as the 2015 nuclear deal.
“We are not willing to talk to people who have broken their promises. Iran never negotiates with coercion. You cannot threaten any Iranian and expect them to engage. The way to do it is through respect, not through threats”, he said.
The foreign minister continued by blasting Washington for sending a carrier strike group and a bomber task force to the Gulf, and added that…