Defense

Pelosi: 'We have absolutely no appetite for going to war' with Iran

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said in an interview that aired Sunday that "we have absolutely no appetite for going to war" with Iran amid heightened tensions with the Middle Eastern power. 

"We have absolutely no appetite for going to war or to be provocative, to create situations that might evoke responses where mistakes could be made," she said while appearing on CNN's "Fareed Zakaria GPS."

She also questioned the "motivation to be provocative with the Iranians."

"What is their motivation to be provocative with the Iranians? Why did the president turn his back on the Iranian nuclear agreement?" she said, according to a transcript. "What's the logic except some other issue - that it was negotiated by President Obama?"

"We had so many national security experts, whether they were ambassadors, generals, admirals and all the rest, supporting the agreement," she added. 

Tensions between Washington and Tehran escalated last week as the Trump administration blamed Iran for an attack on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has denied the country's involvement. 

U.S.-Iran relations have been deteriorating since President Trump pulled the U.S. out of the Iran nuclear deal last year.

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