US warns Iran of “grave consequences”


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Washington said on Sunday it refused to be threatened by Iran to sanction around 50 Americans, including senior officials over the weekend, warning that Tehran would face “serious consequences” if it attacked nationals Americans.

“Make no mistake: the United States of America will protect and defend its citizens,” White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said in a statement.

“If Iran attacks any of our nationals, including any of the 52 named yesterday, he will suffer serious consequences. “

The Islamic Republic announced on Saturday the sanctions, in particular against the American chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley, for their role in the death of Qassem Soleimani, a powerful Iranian commander.

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Soleimani, head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard’s Quds Force, was killed in a US drone strike in Baghdad on January 3, 2020, in what Iran on Saturday called a “ruthless terrorist act.”

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi vowed revenge on Donald Trump a few days ago unless the former US president stands trial for the murder of Soleimani, as Tehran marked two years since the death of the revered commander.

In addition to Milley, Americans sanctioned include Trump-era national security adviser Robert O’Brien and Nikki Haley, who was the US envoy to the United Nations.

“Looks like I’m going to have to cancel my relaxing getaway to Iran,” Haley tweeted.

“When you are sanctioned by Iran, the world’s leading sponsor of terrorism, you know you are doing something right. “

Sullivan in his statement said that although Americans disagree on politics and Iranian politics, “we are united in our resolve against threats and provocations (and) we are united in the defense of our people.”

The United States, he added, will work with its allies “to deter and respond to any attack led by Iran.”

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Washington and other world powers are currently engaged in closed-door talks with Iran in Vienna in a bid to revive a 2015 nuclear deal that was put on hold in 2018 when Trump pulled the United States out of the country. ‘agreement and imposed punitive sanctions on the regime.

AFP with additional contribution from GVS News Desk


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