(Reuters) – Iran’s international ministry on Saturday condemned in a single day U.S. air strikes in Iraq and Syria as “violations of the sovereignty and territorial integrity” of the 2 international locations.
In Tehran’s first response to the U.S. strikes, ministry spokesperson Nasser Kanaani stated in an announcement that they represented “another adventurous and strategic mistake by the United States that will result only in increased tension in instability in the region”.
The U.S. army launched air strikes towards greater than 85 targets linked to Iran’s Revolutionary Guard (IRGC) and the militias it backs, in retaliation for final weekend’s drone assault in Jordan that killed three U.S. troops.
While the strikes didn’t goal websites inside Iran, they signalled an extra escalation of battle within the Middle East from Israel’s almost four-month struggle on Hamas-ruled Gaza.
Kanaani stated the U.S. assaults have been designed “to overshadow the Zionist regime’s crimes in Gaza”. He didn’t point out if Iran would take any motion in response.
He urged the UN Security Council to stop “illegal and unilateral U.S. attacks in the region.”
Before the U.S. retaliatory strikes on Friday, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi stated Iran wouldn’t begin a struggle however would “respond strongly to anyone who tries to bully it”.
Kanaani stated “the root cause of tensions and crises in the Middle East is Israel’s occupation and genocide of Palestinians with America’s unlimited support”.