US is ready to negotiate with Iran and refuses to continue escalation in Gulf

New US Defense Secretary Mark Esper said the United States does not want to continue escalation in the Gulf region and is ready to negotiate with Iran without preconditions.

The remarks made by the new US Defense Secretary during his first meeting with the press since his swearing in on Tuesday evening at the White House, we do not want to be in a certain position when provocations occur, and when ships are seized, or something like that, we are trying to ease the escalation," Esper said.

"Our reference to Iran regarding our willingness to meet and speak with it is clear, without preconditions, anytime, anywhere, so that we can return to negotiations," Sputnik said.

The US President, Donald Trump, on the 18th of this month, a US Navy ship dropped an Iranian drone aircraft in the Strait of Hormuz, saying it was a threat to the US ship in the region.

US-Iranian relations were strained after US President Donald Trump withdrew from the nuclear deal in 2015.




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