Trump says ‘great force’ will be used to stop ‘hostile’ nation Iran – ‘It’s a BIG mistake'

The US President told reporters as he headed for an event in Pennsylvania that he was still willing to speak to his associates in Iran “when they’re ready”. His latest threat comes after weeks of threats issued by both sides in the damaging feud. Concerns have been growing as their relationship turns sour, with some reports suggest conflict between the nations could be inevitable.

Trump told reporters: “With Iran, we’ll see what happens.

“But they’ve been very hostile. They’ve truly been the No.1 provocateur of terror.

“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.”

He added: “We’ll have no choice.”

On Sunday, the President ramped up the pressure on Iran, claiming if the US were to strike it would be the “end” of the Middle Eastern country.

But Iran responded by saying “economic terrorism” and “genocidal taunts” wouldn’t finish the nation.

The war of words come after Iran threatened to resume uranium enrichment programmes, which had been halted after the nuclear deal was reached between the US, the UK and a number of other countries in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions.

After Mr Trump withdrew the US from the agreement and imposed sanctions, tensions have risen.

Iran has reportedly put missiles on boats in the Gulf and US investigators said they believed Iran had damaged four tankers off the coast of the United Arab Emirates.

The latest news follows months of strict sanctions against Iran after President Trump dismantled the Iran Nuclear agreement.

The crippling sanctions included price hikes and the banning of Iranian crude oil exports, which make up a large supply of the world’s oil stocks.