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U.S. ‘ready to talk’ to Iran as Boris Johnson calls for calm

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THE US has said it is ‘ready to engage without preconditions in serious negotiations’ with Iran following the countries’ exchange of hostilities.

In a letter to the UN, Washington justified the killing of top Iranian general Qasem Soleimani in a drone strike last Friday as an act of self-defence.

Tehran told the UN it had also acted in self-defence on Wednesday when it launched missile strikes on airbases housing US forces in Iraq.

But Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani warned ‘if the US makes another mistake, it will receive a very dangerous response’.

Military commander Abdollah Araghi was more defiant and said the Revolutionary Guard would ‘impose a harsher revenge’ in the future’.

It came as Boris Johnson called for an end to hostilities in a 20-minute phone call with Mr Rouhani.

No.10 said the prime minister ‘underlined the UK’s continued commitment’ to the troubled nuclear deal with Tehran, despite Donald Trump urging him to ‘break away’.

His spokesman called the nuclear deal ‘the best arrangement’ for stopping Iran from having a nuclear weapon.

Mr Johnson also urged an end to the ‘detention and mistreatment’ of jailed mother Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and other dual nationals held by Tehran.