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BLINKEN TELLS UN: US DOES NOT WANT WAR WITH IRAN BUT WILL DEFEND ITSELF

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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has warned that Washington would act swiftly and decisively, if Iran or its proxies attacks U S personnel anywhere.

Blinken spoke to the 15-member U N Security Council, amid international fears the conflict between Israel and Iran-backed Palestinian Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip could spill over into a wider war.

Officials said the U S military was taking new steps to protect its troops in the Middle East, as concerns mount about attacks by Iran-backed groups.

The US had also sent warships and fighter aircraft to the region to try to deter Iran and Iran-backed groups, including two aircraft carriers

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