New York - Former US Vice President and Democratic front-runner Joe Biden has said that President Donald Trump was bringing the US "dangerously close" to starting a war with Iran.
The Democratic presidential candidate said here on Tuesday that Trump's authorization of killing Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani on January 3, an abrupt move made without consultation with the US Congress and allies, has exacerbated tensions in the Middle East, reports Xinhua news agency.
"If there was an imminent threat that required this extraordinary action, then we are owed an explanation, and the facts to back it up," he said.
Instead of solving a crisis, Soleimani's killing has contributed to an "outcome of strategic setbacks, heightened threats, chants of 'Death to America' once more echoing across the Middle East, Iran and its allies vowing revenge", he added.
Stressing that he has "no illusions" about Iran, the 77-year-old veteran politician said that Trump's way of countering Tehran as "self-defeating".