Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says the current dynamic between the United States and Iran means it is not “suitable for talks” amid heightened bilateral tension.
Rouhani reportedly made the remarks Tuesday saying “resistance” is the only choice the Iranians have.
He went on to say the government should instigate an “economic war” as the sanction-starved economy continues to plummet.
His remarks come after reports surfaced suggesting American officials were attempting to meet with Iranian leaders to reach a deal to replace the 2015 Iran Nuclear Accord.
President Trump has repeatedly issued stark warnings to the Islamic Republic as the White House accuses the regime of fostering instability in the region and abroad.
….Iran will call us if and when they are ever ready. In the meantime, their economy continues to collapse – very sad for the Iranian people!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 20, 2019
The president said in a tweet Monday Iran would face “great force” if it oversteps, but clarified the U.S. is willing to talk with Iranian officials.
Just days ago the State Department ordered all non-emergency personnel working in the U.S. embassy and consulate in Iraq to leave the country as tension has mounted.
Earlier this month the U.S. deployed a bomber task force and carrier strike group to the region in an effort to counter Iranian aggression.