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Iran Plans No New Military Action If United States Does Not Respond: UN Envoy

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Iran Plans No New Military Action If United States Does Not Respond: UN Envoy

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Iran has completed its revenge for the US assassination of General Qassem Soleimani and won’t take any new military steps if there is no US aggression, Iranian Permanent Representative to the United Nations Majid Takht-Ravanchi said, according to TASS.

“Our action was proportionate to the assassination of Qassem Soleimani. Our action was completed. So if the Americans do not act militarily against Iran, as far as Iran is concerned we are not going to act in return,” Majid Takht-Ravanchi answered to a TASS question on Iran’s reaction to US President Donald Trump’s January 8 statement.

The Iranian diplomat emphasized that his country acted in accordance with Article 51 of the UN Charter fulfilling its right to self-defense.

“But if they decide to act militarily Iran will have no other option than to respond.”

Iran Plans No New Military Action If United States Does Not Respond: UN Envoy

Iranian Permanent Representative to the United Nations Majid Takht-Ravanchi. IMAGE: Iran’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations

Takht-Ravanchi also noted that Iran is ready to hold talks with the United States on aspects of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on the Iranian nuclear program, but only if the US returns to the deal.

“It is better for the US to come back to JCPOA and come back to the negotiations,” he said. “If they come back and implement JCPOA in its totality, I believe we can have discussions within 5+1 status [five permanent UNSC members plus Germany].”

“The US is not in a position to dictate its will on others,” the diplomat stressed. “They withdrew from JCPOA one year and a half ago. And they are punishing the member states who are implementing Resolution 2231 [endorsing JCPOA] which is part of international law. The US should change its position and should adhere to its obligations.”

The diplomatic reaction reaction of the Iranian side to President Trump’s adress indicates that the both sides involved in the conflict chose to avoid a further military escalation.

In his address to US citizens, President Trump declared that the Iranian missile strike on US bases in Iraq was the American victory because no US or Iraqi citizens were killed or injured. (possibly because there was a warning in advance) Additionally, Trump said that while he’s the President Iran would obtain no nuclear weapons and claimed that the US was right when it assassinated the Iranian national hero. He also  criticized the Iranian nuclear deal calling on Russia and other countries to abandon it and draw up a new agreement.

The only announced response to the Iranian direct strike on US military facilities was additional sanctions. Regardless the formal rhetoric of the Trump administration, the United States accepted the Iranian slap in the face confirming its declining influence around the world.

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