President Trump: Soleimani was targeting 4 U.S. embassies

Andrew Cummings
January 11, 2020

Iran this week launched the strikes in retaliation for the US drone strike that killed Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the country's most powerful commander, in Baghdad last week.

The Trump administration on Friday announced a new wave of sanctions on Iran following this week's missile strikes by the Islamic Republic on USA bases in Iraq.

When pressed as to whether they tried to avoid killing Americans, Ravanchi said that he could not describe exactly what happened.

Fears of imminent war between Iran and the US has since subsided somewhat after US President Trump appeared to shy away from a direct military response to the Iranian missile attack. "It was very clear Qasem Soleimani himself was plotting a broad, large scale attack against American interests".

The statements could shed more light on the largely vague descriptions of the intelligence agencies that prompted the Trump administration to conclude that the assassination of Soleimani and disrupting his conspiracy would justify a possible impact on Washington. The administration maintains it did not need to consult Congress before the strike because of the "imminent threat" U.S. forces faced. Swiss Ambassador Markus Leitner then hand-delivered the message to Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in the early hours of the morning after the attack. That U.S. assault set off a chain of events that included the unintentional downing of a Ukrainian jetliner by the Iran military, and calls by the Iraqi government to expel U.S. troops from their country.

When asked about Trump's statements about the conspiracy to blow up the embassy in Baghdad, a senior United States defense official noted on condition of anonymity that Soleimani had staged protests in the embassy and admitted that there was one Conspiracy to blow up the message.

The administration is also sanctioning eight senior Iranian officials who were involved in Tuesday's strike, Mnuchin said.

"The use of force does not contribute to finding solutions to complex problems in the Middle East, but would lead to a new cycle of instability", the statement said.

The moves, Mnuchin said, are "part of our commitment to stop the Iranian regime's global terrorist activities", noting that the sanctions will be in effect "until Iran stops its terrorist activities and commit to never having a nuclear weapon".

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