High-gear diplomacy aims to avert U.S., Iran conflict

FILE - In this Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020 file photo, released by an official website of the office of the Iranian supreme leader, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, right, meets Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, in Tehran, Iran. A flurry of diplomatic visits and meetings crisscrossing the Persian Gulf are driving urgent efforts to defuse the possibility of all-out war after the U.S. killed Iran's top military commander. Global leaders and top diplomats are repeating in recent days the mantra of “de-escalation” and “dialogue,” yet none have publicly laid out a path to achieving either. (Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP, File)

A flurry of diplomatic visits and meetings crisscrossing the Persian Gulf are driving urgent efforts to defuse the possibility of all-out war after the U.S. killed Iran’s top military commander. Global leaders and top diplomats are repeating in recent days the mantra of “de-escalation” and “dialogue,” yet none have publicly laid out a path to achieving either. The United States and Iran have said they do not want war, but fears have grown that the crisis could spin out of Tehran’s or Washington’s control. Qatar’s emir visited Iran warning that it was “a very sensitive time for the region.” Japan’s premier has been touring oil-producing Arab Gulf states, while Iran’s foreign minister visited Oman, traditionally a mediator between the U.S. and Iran.