Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Tuesday that his country would not go to war with the United States despite increased tension.
"There won't be any war. The Iranian nation has chosen the path of resistance," he said, according to Reuters.
He said, however, that he also would not work with the U.S. on a nuclear agreement, Reuters reported, citing state media.
The U.S. in 2018 pulled out of a nuclear deal with Iran that lessened sanctions in the country in exchange for limits to Iran's nuclear program. In recent weeks, there has been increased friction between the two countries.
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A White House official also said last week that the administration would impose new sanctions on Iran "very soon."