The Secretary of State, Anthony Blinkenwarned that The United States will respond “decisively” if Iran or its agents attack Americans, the starkest warning yet as the Biden Administration attempts prevent Tehran from getting involved in the war between Israel and Hamas.
“The US does not seek a conflict with Iran“Blinken declared on Tuesday at a UN Security Council meeting. “We don’t want this war to spread. But if Iran or its agents attack American personnel anywhere, make no mistake: We will defend our people, we will defend our security, quickly and decisively”.
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Blinken also urged other of the 15 members that make up the Security Council, including Russia and China, to tell Iran not to open another front against Israel or attack its partners.
“To all members of this Council: if you, like the United States, want to prevent this conflict from spreading, tell Iran, tell its agents—publicly, privately, by all means— that they do not open another front against Israel in this conflict. Don’t attack Israel’s partners”.
The US campaign to warn Iran
Blinken’s statements were the most recent in a messaging campaign intensified by the US to denounce what it says is Iran’s involvement in the violence in the region against US forces, along with its support for Hezbollah fighters in Lebanon who have launched rocket attacks against Israel in recent days. On Monday, the US said it will hold Iran responsible for a series of drone and rocket attacks against US forces in the region.
In a phone call with the president of France, Emmanuel Macronon October 15, the Iranian president, Ebrahim Raisiwarned that the conflict could expand if Israel does not end what it called its crimes, “including the massacre of the people and the siege of Gaza,” according to the semi-official Tasnim news agency.
It is a complicated measure for the Biden Administration, which is sending more forces to the Middle East, including two aircraft carrier groups, additional fighter aircraft and missile defense systems. The U.S. says these moves are intended to make adversaries like Iran think twice about joining the conflict, but they have also raised fears that the U.S. will bring about the outcome it wants to avoid by expanding its presence in a volatile situation.
The balance of the war between Israel and Hamas
fighters of Hamas killed about 1,400 people and took more than 200 hostages in an attack on Israel on October 7, and Israeli forces have responded with airstrikes that have caused the death of more than 5,000 peoples, according to Palestinian authorities.
Israel has vowed to permanently end Hamas, designated a terrorist organization by the US and the European Union, through a ground campaign in Gaza. However, both the US and its allies and adversaries have expressed concern that such military action could serve as a trigger for others to enter the conflict.
In his remarks on Tuesday, Blinken also called for restraint. He said Israel has the right to defend itself, but “the way it does it matters.”
Translated by Paulina Munita.