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Trump should hurry up and wait on Iran, for the world's sake

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Yesterday US President Donald Trump put a last-second halt to what would have been his third military action against targets in the Middle East, after hitting Syria twice. As bombastic as his Twitter account can be, he has undoubtedly taken a more measured tone with Iran.

In just the last two months, forces suspected to be Iranian or Iranian-backed have allegedly attacked a pipeline and multiple commercial vessels, Iran has threatened to increase uranium enrichment beyond the levels agreed to in the initial nuclear deal, and on Thursday Iran seemingly shot down a $US130 million ($188 million) drone over international waters.

Outgoing acting US DefenCe Secretary Patrick Shanahan carries a document labelled secret as he arrives for a meeting with President Donald Trump about Iran at the White House on Thursday.Credit:AP

It’s still unclear whether Trump changed course on air strikes due to a simple change of heart, logistical developments, or even because he is planning........

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