Takht-Ravanchi: the Operation was precise and aimed only at military targets

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The permanent representative of Iran to the UN Majid Takht-Ravanchi in his letter to the UN Security Council on 8 January said that Tehran does not seek an escalation or war with the United States “after exercising their right to self-defence”. Fragments of the document made public by Reuters.

According to the diplomat, Iran had made a “balanced and proportionate military retaliation” on the American airbases in Iraq.

He stressed that the operation was precise and aimed only at military targets and therefore not resulted in “collateral damage to civilians and civilian objects in the area”.

Takht-Ravanchi said that Iran is ready to continue to protect its people “in accordance with international law” and the sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity of their country.

In comments to Russian news Agency TASS the Iranian diplomat said that Tehran was proportional to the murder of General Qassem Soleimani and at the moment they are completed.

He stressed that if the United States will no longer take military action against Iran, Tehran will also not take similar actions.

On the night of 8 January, the Iranian Islamic revolutionary guard Corps reported the attack on the us airbase al Asad in Iraq. The operation, which released “dozens of rockets” in Iran called “the Martyr Soleimani”. Later the Pentagon reported that the rocket bombardment was also a military base in the Iraqi city of Erbil.

The Prime Minister of Iraq Adil Abdul-Mahdi announced that Baghdad has received an official oral message from Iran about upcoming missile strikes on us military bases in Iraq.

After the attack on American military bases in Iraq, the Iranian Islamic revolutionary guard Corps threatened to attack Dubai in the United Arab Emirates and Haifa in Israel.

Iran’s action was a response to the murder of the commander of an elite unit of the revolutionary guards, “al-Quds” major-General Qassem Soleimani. He died in the night of 3 January, a missile strike on the United States the Baghdad international airport in Iraq.

The Pentagon said that Soleimani was killed on the orders of the President of the United States Donald trump. The US believes the IRGC a terrorist organization, and Soleimani – involved in attacks on the American Embassy and US military bases in Iraq. In Iran threatened the United States “harsh revenge” for the death of the General. Advisor to Iran’s Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Hossein Dehgan said that Iran is preparing to strike at us military facilities.

The U.S. President warned that if Iran attacks America, the US will strike 52 targets in Iran “from the brand new, beautiful weapons”.

January 8, trump said that the United States will impose new sanctions against Iran. He noted that during the attacks on American bases in Iraq military was not injured.