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    After Near-Attack, Washington Pushes Iran Talks

    “We’re prepared to negotiate with no preconditions.” So said U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo yesterday, after reports emerged that he and national security adviser John Bolton had briefly convinced President Donald Trump to launch attacks on Iran in retaliation for downing an American drone. Sources suggest both countries remain poised for conflict: Washington is planning secret actions short of direct confrontation, while a former adviser to Tehran described the probability of escalation as “very, very high.”

    What’s the endgame? In an NBC interview aired yesterday, Trump said, “I think they want to make a deal, and my deal is nuclear … they’re not going to have a nuclear weapon.”

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