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Iran Envoy Won’t Rule Out War After U.S. Sends Aid to Saudis



Iran Envoy Won’t Rule Out War After U.S. Sends Aid to Saudis

By Steve Geimann and Arsalan Shahla

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif refused to rule out military conflict in the Middle East after the U.S. sent more troops and weapons to Saudi Arabia in response to an attack on oil fields the U.S. has blamed on the Islamic Republic.

“I’m not confident that we can avoid a war,” Zarif said in an interview with CBS to be broadcast Sunday on its “Face the Nation” program. “I’m confident that we will not start one, but I’m confident that whoever starts one will not be the one who finishes it.”

When asked to elaborate, Zarif said: “That means that there won’t be a limited war.”

Zarif was interviewed in New York, where he will attend the United Nations General Assembly session. The U.S. said Friday it will send a “moderate” number of troops to the Middle East and missile defense capabilities to the Saudis in response to last weekend’s attack on oil facilities.

Read more: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-09-21/iran-envoy-won-t-rule-out-war-after-u-s-sends-aid-to-saudis