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US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis dismissed a recent report suggesting the Trump administration was preparing to launch attacks on Iran’s nuclear facilities as “fiction.”

The report cited Australian government officials, who claimed that the U.S. is laying the groundwork to strike Iran’s nuclear facilities as soon as several weeks from now, ABC News reported this week.

“I have no idea where the Australian news people got that information,” Mattis told reporters Friday. “I am confident it's something that’s not being considered right now.”

Repeating anti-Tehran claims, the US secretary of defense said that Washington was not following a regime change in Iran.

The report came after Trump warned Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday to “never, ever threaten” the U.S. and to remain “cautious.” The comments came after Rouhani claimed war with Iran 'is the mother of all wars,” but that peace with Iran “is the mother of all peace.'

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