Trump says 4 US embassies were under threat from Iran

Daniel Fowler
January 11, 2020

The financial penalties came as a response to Iranian airstrikes against USA bases in Iraq, which were in turn in retaliation for the assassination of Iran's General Qassem Soleimani.

Trump said the United States also carried out the strike over a missile attack on a US military base in Iraq by a Iran-backed militia in December that killed a USA contractor.

"I don't know exactly which minute", Pompeo said.

Hosseini has recently said that banking relations between Iran and Iraq will get much better if the Americans leave the Arab country and their interference ends.

The U.S. government said Friday that it has imposed fresh sanctions on Iran, despite worldwide call for restraint. The administration maintains it did not need to consult Congress before the strike because of the "imminent threat" United States forces faced.

"Qassem Soleimani himself was plotting a broad, large scale attack against American interests. We don't know exactly which day it would have been executed, but it was very clear", Pompeo said.

Iraqi legislators passed a non-binding resolution to remove United States troops following the United States strike last Friday. "The fact that they had to redesignate a number of individuals also demonstrates that there aren't too many more targets to hit".

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The White House and the Pentagon claimed responsibility for the assassination of General Soleimani in Iraq, saying the attack was carried out at the direction of Trump.

"I can reveal that I believe it probably would've been four embassies", he told Fox News in an interview taped Friday.

The larger US goal is to force Iran to negotiate a new agreement on limiting its nuclear program. Since then, the administration has added additional economic measures that have created hardship in Iran and brought its oil revenue to historic lows but have failed to bring the Iranian government to the negotiating table.

The sanctions were announced by U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin in an appearance at the White House alongside U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

He stated he believed four embassies were being targeted, including the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.

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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