WASHINGTON: The US defense chief said President Donald Trump’s administration was seeking to deter Iran but not start a war, after he briefed members of Congress.
“This is about deterrence, not about war. We are not about going to war,” Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan told reporters after exiting the closed-door meeting with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
Shanahan credited robust US moves in recent weeks, which included the deployment of an aircraft carrier strike group, with thwarting Iranian threats.
“We have deterred attacks based on reposturing of assets, deterred attacks against American forces,” Shanahan said. “Our biggest focus at this point is to prevent Iranian miscalculation. We do not want the situation to escalate.”