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Trump treads fine line between sanctions and war with Iran

President Trump has said repeatedly that he does not favour the United States getting involved in endless wars abroad - and he wants to bring American troops home. PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON - During a visit to Russia on Tuesday (May 14), US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo said his country was not seeking war with Iran.

"We fundamentally do not seek a war with Iran," Mr Pompeo told American media travelling with him in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi. But he added: "We have also made clear to the Iranians that if American interests are attacked, we will most certainly respond in an appropriate fashion." He was speaking at a joint news conference with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

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