January 7, 2020 / 7:44 PM / 7 months ago

Iranian commander was planning attack within days: Esper

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said on Tuesday it was “more fair to say” the attack that Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani was planning was to be executed in days rather than weeks.

Speaking to reporters just days after the killing of Soleimani in a U.S. airstrike in Baghdad, Esper said Washington is seeking a diplomatic solution with Iran but that Tehran needs to de-escalate.

(This story corrects quote to “more fair to say”

Reporting by Matt Spetalnick; Editing by Chris Reese

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