US ‘ready for serious talks with Iran’ amid warning of more action

The US says it is ready to take part in “serious negotiations” with Iran as it insisted the killing of Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani was an act of self-defence.

In a letter to the UN Security Council, the US also vowed to take additional action “as necessary” in the Middle East to protect its personnel and interests.

It comes after US President Donald Trump said Iran “appears to be standing down” from the brink of war after Tehran carried out missile strikes on two Iraqi bases housing US troops.

Meanwhile, the Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has said the UK is assessing the future of Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal due to “acute” non-compliance by Tehran.

On Wednesday, Mr Trump had urged world powers including the UK to follow Washington’s lead by abandoning the deal so a new agreement could be reached.

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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