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AFP
May 18, 2019

Iran FM Zarif discounts prospect of war with US

World

AFP
Sat, May 18, 2019

Tehran: Iran´s foreign minister on Saturday discounted the prospect of a new war in the region because Tehran was opposed and no party was under the "illusion" it could be confronted.

Tensions between Washington and Tehran have been on the rise as the United States has deployed a carrier group and B-52 bombers over what it termed Iranian "threats".

"We are certain... there will not be a war since neither we want a war nor does anyone have the illusion they can confront Iran in the region," Mohammad Javad Zarif told state-run news agency IRNA at the end of a visit to China.

US President Donald "Trump does not want war but the people around him are pushing him towards war under the pretext of making America stronger against Iran," Zarif added.

Iran-US relations hit a new low last year as US Trump pulled out of a 2015 nuclear deal and reimposed unilateral sanctions that had been lifted in exchange for Tehran scaling back its nuclear programme.