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Iran will be met with ‘great force’ if it moves against U.S.: Trump

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WATCH: Trump says they will meet Iran with 'great force' if it moves against U.S – May 20, 2019

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday Iran would be met with “great force” if it attempted anything against U.S. interests in the Middle East, adding that Tehran has been very hostile toward Washington.

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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” but no discussions were going on now.

Trump‘s remarks came despite urgings from Tehran on Monday for the United States to treat Iran with respect, not threats of war, in response to the U.S. leader’s comments on Sunday that stoked concerns about a potential U.S.-Iran conflict.

WATCH: Trump vows “official end” to Iran if it threatens U.S.

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Trump vows “official end” to Iran if it threatens U.S – May 20, 2019

“With Iran, we’ll see what happens,” Trump told reporters on Monday. “But they’ve been very hostile. They’ve truly been the No.1 provocateur of terror.”

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“I think Iran would be making a very big mistake if they did anything. If they do something, it will be met with great force but we have no indication that they will,” Trump said.

“We’ll have no choice,” he added.

Trump warned Iranian leaders not to call for talks unless they were prepared to negotiate.

WATCH: Congress to be briefed by White House officials as tensions continue to rise with Iran

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Congress to be briefed by White House officials as tensions continue to rise with Iran – May 20, 2019

But in a sign of brewing confrontation a year after Washington quit a 2015 nuclear deal with Iran and reimposed sanctions on it, Tehran announced a fourfold increase in its rate of production of low-grade uranium enrichment.

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