Trump says willing to meet with Iran leaders 'any time'
US President Donald Trump said on Monday he was willing to meet with Iran's leaders with "no preconditions" and "any time they want" - one week after tensions soared between Washington and Tehran.
"I would meet with Iran if they wanted to meet. I don't know if they are ready yet," Trump told a White House press conference with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte at his side.
"No preconditions," he added. "They want to meet, I'll meet. Any time they want."
A week ago, after a provocative warning from Iranian President Hassan Rouhani not to "play with the lion's tail," Trump blasted back a reply on Twitter - in all caps.
"NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE," Trump warned Rouhani.