During a round of interviews at various television stations, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Iran and its military leaders would be attacked again if US interests were attacked.
Pompeo said the United States would hit Iran, even if retaliation came from its allies, such as Syria, Yemen, Lebanon or others.
“The costs will be charged to Iran and its leadership. … These are data that Iranian leaders must take into account, ”said the head of US diplomacy.
Mike Pompeo says that in this scenario, any US military attack on Iranian territory will be legally covered.
“Let’s behave within the system. (…) We always have and always will, ”assured the Secretary of State, circumventing questions posed by journalists about the message sent on the Twitter social network by President Donald Trump, which threatened to attack“ places of Iranian culture ”, if the interests Americans are targeted.
In the same attack also died ‘number two’ of the coalition of pro-Iranian paramilitary groups in Iraq, Abu Mehdi al-Muhandis, known as the Popular Mobilization. [Hachd al-Chaabi], plus six other people.
The attack came three days after an unprecedented two-day assault on the US embassy that only ended when Trump announced the deployment of another 750 soldiers to the Middle East.
The attack has already sparked a number of reactions, with four of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – Russia, France, the United Kingdom and China – alerted to the inevitable escalation of tensions in the region and urging the parties to reduce the tension. The fifth permanent member of the UN Security Council is the United States.
In Iran, the feeling is revenge, with the President and the Revolutionary Guards ensuring that the country and “other free nations in the region” will take revenge on the United States.
Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, also vowed to avenge the general’s death and declared three days of national mourning, while the head of diplomacy called the death “an act of international terrorism.”