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Iran 'stupid' if no new deal with US:Trump

Source: AP

President Donald Trump has said in an interview that any action against Iran wouldn't involve "boots on the ground" and any conflict would be short-lived.

US President Donald Trump says he is "not talking boots on the ground" should military action be necessary against Iran, and said any conflict would not last long.

Asked if a war was brewing, Trump told Fox Business Network: "I hope we don't but we're in a very strong position if something should happen."

"I'm not talking boots on the ground," Trump said on Wednesday. "I'm just saying if something would happen, it wouldn't last very long."

The comments come just days after Trump cancelled air strikes minutes before impact, with allies warning that the increase in tensions since the US pulled out of a nuclear pact with Iran last year could accidentally lead to war.

Iran suggested it was just one day from breaching a threshold in the agreement that limited its stockpile of uranium, a move that would put pressure on European countries that have tried to remain neutral to pick sides.

The fate of the 2015 nuclear deal, under which Iran agreed to curbs on its nuclear program in return for access to international trade, has been at the heart of the dispute that has escalated and taken on a military dimension in recent weeks.

Washington sharply tightened sanctions last month, aiming to bar all international sales of Iranian oil. It accuses Iran of being behind bomb attacks on ships in the Gulf, which it denies.

Last week, Iran shot down a US drone it said was in its air space, which Washington denied. Trump ordered retaliatory air strikes but called them off at the last minute, later saying too many people would have died.

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