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Trump backed off on Iran last time -- but will he again?

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Donald Trump famously canceled a missile strike on Iran in June, but Tehran will not be resting easy following the unpredictable president's warning that the United States is again "locked and loaded."

After giving diplomats whiplash last week with reversals on Afghanistan, Trump now has the world on tenterhooks over his response to a weekend attack on Saudi oil facilities that his top diplomat has blamed on Iran.

"We'll see?" he tweeted Monday in a phrase that encapsulated the lack of clarity.

Just last week, the White House dangled out the possibility of a meeting between Trump and President Hassan Rouhani, which would mark an extraordinary thaw in U.S.-Iranian relations.

Even though the Iranians showed little sign of being ready, Trump aides and Trump himself hinted at openness to at least an informal encounter during the U.N. General Assembly in New York next week.

As Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said: "The president has made very clear he is prepared to meet with no preconditions."

Then came Saturday's attack by drones setting ablaze oil........

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