October – Monitor:
The US war of words against Iran seems short-lived. The New York Times reported that US President Donald Trump sent a message to his aides during a meeting on Wednesday morning that he did not want the intense US pressure campaign to turn Iran To an open conflict.
The newspaper quoted administration officials as saying: Trump sought to rein in the standoff with Iran in recent days, and informed acting Defense Minister Patrick Shanahan that he did not want to go to war with Iran.
One of the officials, Shanahan and General Joseph Danford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, offered the president a range of military options, but many officials said: Trump was firm in saying he did not want a military clash with the Iranians.
The US president said earlier he hoped the United States would not be on the way to war with Iran, amid fears that his advisers might try to push the war with Tehran.
Asked if the United States would fight Iran, Trump replied: “I hope it does not happen.”
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