US President Donald Trump said any threats from Iran in the Middle East would be "met very strongly," responding to a journalist's question whether he is considering of sending more troops in the region. Trump's remarks came during a meeting with Permanent Representatives of the United Nations Security Council, at the White House in Washington DC on Thursday.

"We'll announce - whatever we do, we'll announce. But certainly, there might be a threat. And if there is a threat, it will be met very strongly. But we'll be announcing whatever we may be doing - may or may not be doing," said Trump.

The US leader also touched upon his recent participation in the top-level NATO summit near London, saying it was a "tremendous success."

"Just returned from London, where we had a tremendous success with NATO. The relationship we have with other countries is very, very good. It has to be good, otherwise they wouldn't have done what they've done," said Trump.

"As you know, NATO is suffering very badly from depletion of funds and it was going down like a roller-coaster goes down - not up, but down. And I was able to, over the last couple of years, increase their contribution, not the United States, because we were paying far more than anybody else, to put it ildly. It was really getting ridiculous," he added.

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