Iranian president: 'Our enemies do not accept logic'

Iranian president: 'Our enemies do not accept logic'
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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani ripped the Trump administration and its western allies on Thursday, calling talks with the U.S. pointless.

In a speech carried on Iranian state television, Rouhani accused the U.S. of abandoning "logic," according to multiple news reports.

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“Now that our enemies do not accept logic, we cannot respond with logic,” he reportedly said, adding: “When the enemy launches a missile against us, we cannot give a speech and say: ‘Mr. Rocket, please do not hit our country and our innocent people. Rocket-launching sir, if you can please hit a button and self-destroy the missile in the air.’ ”

His comments came at an unveiling ceremony for a new missile defense system that Iranian officials said can detect up to 100 targets at once and destroy them while 125 miles away.

The U.S. and Iran have been on the brink of conflict for weeks following Iran's downing of a U.S. surveillance drone last month, which followed attacks on two oil tankers.

U.S. officials have ordered thousands of troops to the Middle East amid the tensions, even as President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump conversation with foreign leader part of complaint that led to standoff between intel chief, Congress: report Pelosi: Lewandowski should have been held in contempt 'right then and there' Trump to withdraw FEMA chief nominee: report MORE has cautioned against war.

The two countries looked even closer to war last month after Trump called off a planned military strike on Iranian forces, citing the anticipated number of casualties.

"We were cocked & loaded to retaliate last night on 3 different sights when I asked, how many will die. 150 people, sir, was the answer from a General. 10 minutes before the strike I stopped it, not proportionate to shooting down an unmanned drone," Trump tweeted at the time.