On Tuesday, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said that there would no war with the US despite mounting tensions.
In comments carried by state TV, Khamenei reiterated Iran won’t negotiate with the US on a nuclear deal. “There won’t be any war. The Iranian nation has chosen the path of resistance.”
In Sochi, Russia, US secretary of state Mike Pompeo said the US doesn’t want war but vowed to keep pressuring Tehran. “We fundamentally do not see a war with Iran,” he told a joint news conference with Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov.
Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani told a meeting of clerics that his country is “too great to be intimidated” by anyone. “God willing we will pass this difficult period with glory and our heads held high, and defeat the enemy,” state media quoted him as saying on Monday.