Tehran had received a message from US President Donald Trump warning that a US attack on Iran was imminent but saying he was against war and wanted talks on a range of issues, Iranian officials said.
News of the message came shortly after the New York Times said Trump had approved military strikes against Iran on Friday over the downing of a US surveillance drone, but called them off at the last minute, official sources said.
It further said Trump gave a short period of time to get response but Iran’s immediate response was that it is up to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to decide about this issue.
However, it is learnt that top Iranian officials made it clear that the leader is against any talks. They also warned that any attack against Iran will have regional and international consequences.
The news of the drone downing and the aborted operation came in the wake of the already heightened fears that the United States and Iran are on a course toward a military conflict.
Tehran and Washington gave conflicting accounts of what occurred when the massive drone crashed into the sea. While Iran said it had entered its airspace, the US military denied that assertion, characterizing the incident as an "unprovoked attack" over one of the world's most important commercial waterways.