Tensions between Iran and the U.S. continue to rise after one U.S. spy drone was taken down in the Persian Gulf, with the Trump administration imposing new sanctions towards Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and other officials, a move which Iran called “mentally retarded.’’
Despite all of this, President Donald Trump expressed his will to open talks with Iran in order to escape the further conflict.
After Iran shot down the U.S. spy drone last week and Trump said he had called off a retaliatory air strike with minutes to spare, saying too many people would have been killed, and the attack was not proportional to taking down an unmanned drone. It would be the first time the United States had bombed Iran in forty years of mutual hostility, Reuters reports.
Trump used Twitter to issue a warning with some pretty sharp words as he said:
“Any attack by Iran on anything American will be met with great and overwhelming force. In some areas, overwhelming will mean obliteration.’’
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani had addressed the public on television in which he said that the new sanctions against Iran’s Supreme Leader Khamenei will have no practical impact because he has no assets abroad.
“Tehran’s strategic patience does not mean we have fear,’’ said Rouhani.
Trump was speaking to reporters at the White House on the subject as he said that Iran would let the U.S. know what it wanted to do, including negotiating.
“Whatever they want to do, I’m ready. Their country is not doing well economically at all. That could be changed very quickly, very easily. But they have to get rid of the hostility from the leadership. The leadership – I hope they stay, I hope they do a great job – but they should talk to us peaceably,’’ said Trump.