"I didn't see one, with regard to four embassies", Esper said in the CBS show. If Iran killed an American, then he'd give the go-ahead for an operation against Soleimani. "But I think people understand more than ever before that the USA has consistently showed aggression to Iranians".
"We intend to file lawsuits in Iran, Iraq and the Hague court (International Court of Justice) against the military and government of the USA and against Trump", Gholamhossein Esmaili was quoted as saying. After the USA strike, Trump celebrated the killing of Soleimani, whom Trump deemed a terrorist.
Democratic presidential hopefuls started Tuesday's debate by slamming President Donald Trump's Iran policy and articulating their own vision for the future U.S. force posture in the Middle East.
While the Ain al-Assad airbase was "shredded" by the bombing, Iran had notified the facility well in advance with the USA reporting no casualties.
Those fears, the officials said, led them to view the broader matrix of threats from Iran and its proxies with greater severity, an assessment compounded by the swiftness with which the Iranian proxy in Iraq, Kata'ib Hezbollah, helped organize the siege of the U.S. Embassy after the December 29 U.S. strike against the group believed responsible for killing a U.S. contractor on December 27.
Soleimani, the officials said, had been identified as the target for potential US lethal action months ago, at least since the aftermath of Trump's September decision to call off what was seen to be an imminent strike on Iran.
Senate leaders are working out the timing of a Senate vote, likely next week, which is complicated by Trump's Senate impeachment trial starting within days.
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The US assassination "was an unprovoked attack abusing Iraqi territory against an Iraqi guest inside Iraq", Zarif said.
Representative Mike McCaul, the leading Republican on the committee, said Soleimani's history of involvement in hostilities against USA interests justified the strike but added that the administration could declassify more information about the matter.
"This idea that the fate of some 81 million people rested at the mercy of Donald Trump was just [too much]", said Shahshahani, recounting the days immediately after the drone strike. Last week, Iran admitted that one of its soldiers had targeted the plane with missiles and shot it down.
Biden said he acknowledged years ago that it was a "mistake to go to war", but he largely declined to clash with Sanders over Iraq. As known, some of the Iraqi extremists favoring Iran's decision have carried out abuses in the country, to harm the U.S. troops. However, during nationwide protests in Iraq triggered by Iraq's faltering economy, the protests turned into anti-Tehran demonstrations calling for the end of Iran's role in Iraqi politics. "Are they going to pay us back?" he asked.
"The importance of deterrence isn't confined to Iran", Pompeo said.
One day before the USA airstrike that killed the general, Trump had stressed that the US would not be hesitant to take any actions if Iran posed a threat. They will pay a very big price!
The recent buildup in U.S. -Iran tensions stems primarily from Washington's withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal (known formally as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA) in May of 2018.