Zarif accuses the US of “state terrorism” and emphasizes that Iran “will respond in a proportionate manner”

Mohamed Yavad Zarif, ministro de Exteriores de Irán

Mohamed Yavad Zarif, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Iran – Rouzbeh Fouladi / ZUMA Wire / dpa – Archive


Iran's Foreign Minister, Mohamad Yavad Zarif, on Tuesday accused the United States of “state terrorism” for the murder of General Qasem Soleimani and stressed that Tehran “will respond in a proportionate manner.”

Zarif accuses the US of “state terrorism” and emphasizes that Iran “will respond in a proportionate manner”
Zarif accuses the US of “state terrorism” and emphasizes that Iran “will respond in a proportionate manner”

In an interview with the US television network CNN, Zarif said that the bombing in which Soleimani, head of the Quds Force of the Revolutionary Guard, died, “is an act of aggression against Iran and amounts to an armed attack against Iran. “.

“We will respond, but we will do so in a proportionate manner, not disproportionate. We will respond within the framework of the law, since we are not people without law, such as President (of the United States, Donald) Trump,” he said.

In this regard, Zarif has pointed out that Trump “has demonstrated to the international community that he does not respect International Law.” “He is prepared to commit war crimes, because attacking cultural places is a war crime. A disproportionate response is a war crime,” he denounced.

Thus, he has referred to the messages published by Trump on Twitter in which he indicated that the United States has identified 52 Iranian targets, “some of them of very high level and important for Iran and Iranian culture,” and that these “will be beaten very fast and very hard “in case of conflict.

Zarif has also influenced the massive participation in the events in memory of Soleimani, which has been attended by hundreds of thousands of Iranians in recent days, and has called on Trump to “stop threatening this town, which will be even more enraged with his threats. ”

In addition, he stressed that Washington “started a war long ago in the region” and “destroyed the stability” of it. “The United States undermined security in the region,” he argued.

“What is important is that the Trump regime realizes that everything was improving in the region after the nuclear agreement (of 2015),” Zarif said.

“We saw normal elections in Iraq, normal elections in Lebanon. There was a reduction in tensions in Syria. What happened? The United States began a campaign of maximum prison, terrorizing the Iranian people, making it difficult for the Iranians to get even food and medicine,” He has criticized.

Therefore, he wondered if these Trump actions “have made the United States a safer place.” “Do Americans feel safer?” He has questioned.

“That is the price of arrogance, ignorance and disrespect,” he said, while highlighting that “his days in the region are numbered.” “Not because nobody is going to act against them, but because they are not welcome,” he said.

“The United States must wake up to the reality that the people of this region are enraged and want the United States to leave,” he said. “The United States has been in this region for many years and has not achieved any security for them or for the region,” he has settled.

Soleimani died along with 'number two' of the Popular Mobilization Forces (FMP), Abu Mahdi al Muhandis, and several Iraqi militiamen and Iranian military in a US-executed bombing at the airport in the capital of Iraq, Baghdad.

Washington argued that it carried out the attack “to protect US personnel abroad”, following protests against its embassy in Baghdad in protest against another bombing in which 25 members of the FMP died.

Bombings against the FMP were executed in response to the death of an American contractor in a projectile attack against a military base located near Kirkuk.

The Iraqi Government has condemned these attacks by the United States and recalled that the FMPs are a fundamental element in the fight against the Islamic State.

In this regard, he has denounced that the bombings were carried out unilaterally and in violation of the agreements reached with the international coalition that Washington is leading in the fight against jihadists.

Therefore, the Iraqi Parliament approved on Sunday a motion that requires the expulsion of US troops from the country and obliges the Government to commit to making public any agreement reached in the future for the presence of foreign military advisers and trainers.

During the day on Monday, the Iraqi Executive limited the activities of the international coalition and reduced them to training and advisory work, prohibiting their movements by land and air.

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