Iranian President, Hassan Rouhani, has refused talks and diplomacy, confirming that resistance is the only choice for his country in facing up to the US, state news agency IRNA said late on Monday, May 20th.
Rouhani said he favours talks and diplomacy but not under current conditions.
"Today's situation is not suitable for talks and our choice is resistance only," IRNA quoted Rouhani as saying.
US President Donald Trump said earlier, on Monday, that Iran would be met with "great force" if it attempted anything against US 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".
Rouhani’s announcement also came after the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia confirmed that it does not seek war, and wants peace for all in the region.
Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Adel Al-Jubeir, said early on Sunday, May 19th, that the ball is in Iran’s court, it is up to Iran to decide its fate, and the Iranian people have the right to live in peace, Reuters has reported.
But, Al-Jubeir said the Iranian regime does not seek stability in the region, interfering in other countries' affairs.