U.S., Iran say not seeking war as tensions spike

SpaceDaily.com reports: “US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo on Tuesday said his country is not seeking war with Iran, despite a spike in tensions that has seen the Pentagon dispatch nuclear-capable bombers to the region.

Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei meanwhile insisted the showdown between the Islamic republic and the United States was a test of resolve rather than a military encounter.

‘We fundamentally do not seek a war with Iran,’ Pompeo said during a visit to Russia, a key backer of Tehran which has blamed the current crisis on Washington’s decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal.

But Pompeo added: ‘We have also made clear to the Iranians that if American interests are attacked, we will most certainly respond in an appropriate fashion.’

‘We are looking for Iran to behave like a normal country,’ Pompeo said, pointing in part to Tehran’s backing of Huthi rebels in Yemen who are under attack from US ally Saudi Arabia…”

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