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    US-Iran Tensions Spark Global Concerns

    During a visit to Russia yesterday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo assured Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov that Washington isn’t gunning for war with Iran — but added that it would “respond in an appropriate fashion” if U.S. interests are attacked. Meanwhile, U.S. allies have resisted the antagonistic moves, including British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, who warned this week against an “unintended” conflict, and Spain, which withdrew a frigate yesterday from a U.S.-led fleet in the Persian Gulf.

    What are the chances of war? Experts say they’re heightened given the lack of direct communication between Washington and Tehran.

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