Tehran ready for possibility of war with US, but hopes for dialogue – Iran’s deputy FM

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Iran is prepared for the possibility of war with the United States, but hopes instead that tensions between the two nations can be solved with dialogue, the country’s deputy foreign minister has said.

“We hope that we can start a dialogue, but we are ready for war,” Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi told RIA Novosti.

He stressed that Iran was aware of “certain elements” with the US government pushing for war with Iran, even though such a conflict would be “catastrophic” for the entire Middle East.

“We know that there are certain elements and people who are trying to push the United States to war with Iran for their own ends. However, we hope that wisdom will prevail in Washington,” he said.

“We are absolutely ready for this scenario, and I believe that they are aware of our capabilities in this regard. But this is not what we want, we are in favor of peace.”