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Iran dismisses possibility of conflict

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Published on May 18, 2019 - Duration: 01:28s

Iran dismisses possibility of conflict

*VIEWERS PLEASE BE ADVISED: THIS EDIT CONTAINS PROFANITY* Iran’s top diplomat on Saturday dismissed the possibility of war erupting in the region, saying Tehran did not want a conflict and that no country had the “illusion it can confront Iran”, the state news agency IRNA reported.

Yahaira Jacquez reports.

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Iran dismisses possibility of conflict

*VIEWERS PLEASE BE ADVISED: THIS EDIT CONTAINS PROFANITY* Amid rising tensions with the U.S., Iran on Saturday said it doesn't want war.

Iran's top diplomat Mohammad Javad Zarif told state news agency IRNA before ending a trip to Beijing, he doesn't see conflict erupting in the region, adding no country had the "illusion it can confront Iran." Concerns have flared over a potential U.S.-Iran conflict since the White House ordered B-52 bombers and an aircraft carrier strike group to the region… accusing Iran of threatening U.S. troops.

And just this week, the U.S. issued a warning to airlines flying over the Gulf, urging them to exercise caution amid increased political tensions in the region.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP SAYING: "Right now dealing with Iran, and they put out so many false messages that Iran is totally confused .

On Friday - the President pushed back on reports of infighting with his team over Iran.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP SAYING: "That I'm angry with my people.

I'm not angry with them.

I make my own decisions...Everything is a source says, there is no source.

The person doesn't exist.

The person is not alive.

It's b***sh*t." Zarif told Reuters last month that Trump could be lured into a conflict by his national security adviser John Bolton, known for his hawkish foreign policy on Iran.

The escalating tensions come one year after President Trump withdrew the U.S. from the Iran nuclear deal.

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