US President Donald Trump said he was not seeking a war with Iran when he sent two high-ranking officials to the Middle East.
"I'm not looking for a war," said Trump on Sunday at NBC Meet the press program.
The shooting down of a US surveillance drone on Thursday by the Iranian elite of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) had brought the two enemies to the brink of war. Tehran said the drone had damaged its airspace, but Washington insisted that it fly across international waters in the Gulf.
Trump had previously said that he had broken off a military attack to avenge himself for shooting down the unmanned aircraft, for fear that it would have been a disproportionate reaction.
Trump has hinted that he would also be prepared to seek a deal to strengthen the weak Iranian economy, an obvious step to defuse tensions.
"I think they want to bargain, and I think they want to make a deal and my deal is nuclear, see, they will not have a nuclear weapon," Trump said.
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"Negotiate without preconditions"
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who is on his way to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), affirmed this on Sunday Washington wanted talks with Tehran.
"We are ready to negotiate without preconditions," he said. "They know exactly how to find us, and I'm confident that the moment they're ready to really engage with us, they'll be able to start those talks, and I'm looking forward to that day . "
If conflict breaks out in the region, no country is able to control its scope and timing.
Iranian Major General Gholamali Rashid
Pompeo also said that "significant" sanctions on Iran would be announced on Monday to further reduce the resources that Tehran uses to finance its activities in the region.
"We will refuse them the resources they need to protect American interests and the American people around the world," Pompeo said before leaving for the Middle East.
Iran has downplayed the impact of new US sanctions. It was "only propaganda because all sanctions were imposed and sanctions no longer exist," the state-run news agency IRIB quoted Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi as saying.
Iran's supreme authority, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, banning the development or use of nuclear weapons.
But a hawk in the Trump administration, National Security Advisor John Bolton, tried to maintain military pressure on Iran. The actor should confuse US caution and discretion with weakness, and no one has a hunting license in the Middle East East issued, "said Bolton during a visit to Israel the risks of military confrontation.
"If a conflict breaks out in the region, no country would be able to control its scope and timing," said Maj. Gen. Gholamali Rashid, according to the semi-official news agency Fars.
"The Am The American government must act responsibly to protect the lives of American troops by avoiding misconduct in the region."
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani accused the Americans of tensions due to the so-called violation of their Airspace fueled by the US military drone Fars reported.
Diplomatic efforts to alleviate tensions following attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf over the last few weeks, which the US accuses Iran and the launch of the drone last week. Tehran has refused to participate in tanker attacks for which no one has assumed responsibility.