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Trump Administration Says It Is Waiting ‘by the Phone’ for Iran to Call

5/19/19
from The Wall Street Journal,
5/17/19:

Hostile rhetoric eases, but officials say U.S.-Iran tensions remain

Tensions between the U.S. and Iran appeared to ease on Friday after two weeks of crisis, as the White House tamped down talk of conflict and renewed a conditional offer to Tehran of diplomatic negotiations. A senior administration official emphasized that President Trump is open to talks with Tehran’s leaders, but said the U.S. will continue to apply increasing economic and other pressures on Iran to cease its backing for militant groups in Iraq, Yemen, Lebanon and Syria. “We’re sitting by the phone,” the official said, acknowledging Iran has given no sign yet it is willing to talk. The two countries haven’t had diplomatic relations since shortly after Iran’s 1979 Islamic revolution.

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