Biden says ‘not looking’ for ‘wider war’ in Middle East

US President Joe Biden said Tuesday he is not seeking to escalate tensions in the Middle East, as he weighs up a military response against Iran for a drone strike in Jordan that killed three US troops.

“I don’t think we need a wider war in the Middle East. That’s not what I’m looking for,” Biden told reporters at the White House as he left for a election campaign trip in Florida.

President Joe Biden said Tuesday he has decided how to respond to a deadly drone attack on US troops in Jordan, adding that Iran is to blame for supplying the weapons.

“Yes,” Biden told reporters when asked if he had made a decision on his response, adding, when asked whether Iran was to blame: “I do hold them responsible, in the sense that they’re supplying the weapons to the people who did it.”

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