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Trump defense secretary nominee says US not seeking war with Iran

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Confirmation of Mark Esper appeared almost certain at Senate hearing where he received significant Democratic supportDonald Trump’s nominee to become the first permanent US defence secretary in more than six months, has said that the US is not seeking war with Iran and needed to “get back on the diplomatic channel”.Mark Esper, who is currently the army secretary, also told the Senate armed services committee that the Trump administration does not have congressional authority to wage war on Iran on the basis of the mandate issued by Congress in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. Continue reading…



Source link : https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/jul/16/mark-esper-defense-secretary-nominee-iran-senate-trump

Author : Julian Borger in Washington

Publish date : 2019-07-16 20:38:17

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