President Hassan Rouhani on June 1 suggested Iran may be willing to hold talks if the United States showed it respect, but said Tehran would not be pressured into negotiations, the semi-official Fars news agency reported.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on May 25 that the U.S. decision to deploy more troops to the Middle East in response to the perceived threat from Iran was "extremely dangerous" for peace.
Iran will not surrender to U.S. pressure and will not abandon its goals even if it is bombed, President Hassan Rouhani said on May 23, stepping up the war of words between the Islamic Republic and the United States.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on May 18 he did not believe a war would break out in the region as Tehran did not want a conflict and no country had the "illusion it could confront Iran", the state news agency IRNA reported.
The United States is expected to designate Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards Corps a foreign terrorist organization, three U.S. officials told Reuters, marking the first time Washington formally labels another country's military a terrorist group.