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The United States is provoking regional countries against the Islamic republic, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said here on Monday.

In further comments, published to his official Twitter feed, Khamenei said the "US's plan is to provoke some ignorant governments, with little wisdom, in our own region, to confront the Islamic Republic".

Any attacks on Iranian military facilities will be met with a "tough" military response, Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei said.

The era of hit and run is now over, and the USA knows that if it gets entangled in military action against Iran, it will receive much harsher blows, Ayatollah Khamenei said in a meeting with Iranian workers, held in Tehran on Monday ahead of the International Workers' Day.

Khamenei's remarks were aired a day after Pompeo met Saudi King Salman in Riyadh on a flying visit to the region.

Commenting on the extensive US military presence in the Middle East, Khamenei also called on Washington to withdraw all its forces from the region.

He went on to add, "this cooperation has so far led to adverse consequences for the Middle East, such as deteriorating crises, insecurity and instability, as well as the continuation of violence, enmity and lack of trust among regional countries".

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The commander of the Fatemiyoun Division, a Syrian pro-government Shia militia supported by Iran, also told Mehr that his unit's base near Aleppo did not come under attack.

Trump has given the European signatories a May 12 deadline to "fix the awful flaws" of the 2015 nuclear deal, or he will refuse to extend USA sanctions relief on Iran.

"We will weather these challenges firmly and strongly as ever", he said, according to a report by the Persian-language Fars News Agency. If Trump reneges on the deal and reapplies the sanctions lifted in exchange for Iran reducing its nuclear program, the United States would once again apply sanctions against many foreign companies doing business with Iran since the deal took effect.

He specifically called for three major "fixes": amending the sunset clauses, banning Iran's capacity to test ballistic missiles and granting inspectors greater access to Iran's military sites.

Trump accuses Iran of supporting terrorism and says the 2015 deal does not do enough to block its path to acquiring nuclear weapons.

Iranian officials on Monday reiterated that Tehran had no intention of suspending its defensive missile capability.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets with Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia April 28, 2018.

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