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Trump says US not planning to send troops to fight Iran


US dismissed a report about US top security officials reviewing a plan to send as many as 120,000 troops to the to counter

"I think it's fake news, okay? Now, would I do that? Absolutely. But we have not planned for that," quoted Trump as saying to reporters at the

"Hopefully we're not going to have to plan for that. And if we did that, we'd send a hell of a lot more troops than that," he added.

reported on Monday that acting had presented an updated military plan to the Trump administration's senior security officials which envisions sending up to 120,000 troops to the should attack American forces or accelerate work on nuclear weapons.

The updated plan, which does not call for a land invasion of Iran, was ordered by hardliners led by John Bolton, reported the paper, citing anonymous sources.

Over the recent weeks, has ratcheted up pressure against with a series of sanctions, designations and military threats, following Washington's year-long campaign against after US exit from the landmark Iran nuclear deal in May last year.

In response, Iranian announced on Wednesday Tehran's withdrawal from complying with the restrictions of the Iran nuclear deal on the country's enriched uranium reserves and heavy water supplies.



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First Published: Wed, May 15 2019. 06:58 IST