Pompeo: We are Ready for Whatever the Islamic Republic of Iran can do

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The US secretary of state Mike Pompeo, claiming that Washington’s actions pave the way for stability in West Asia, claimed that Iran’s response to the assassination of general Soleimani would be “a little noisy”.

“But we are doing all we can, not just in Iraq, but throughout the region, to protect the Americans, the American citizens, as well as our diplomats and our troops who are serving overseas.” do.”

In an interview with ABC’s, Pompeo also defended the country’s military operations and said, “It is quite clear that the world is safer now because Qassem Suleimani is no longer on this planet.”

He then attributed all the unrest in the region to Commander Soleimani, claiming that Iran was planning an imminent attack.

“The senior leaders who had access to the information had no doubt about it,” the US secretary of state said when pressured by a presenter to provide evidence that an attack was planned by  Suleimani. “If we had not carried out the attack, we would have been very careful.”

He claimed that the risk of not assassinating general Suleiman was greater than that of assassinating him, and that the US had “reduced the risk” with the attack.

Later in the program, Pompeo was asked about Trump’s tweets this morning. The US president has threatened in these tweets that if Iran responds to the assassination of Soleimani, the US will attack dozens of important targets, including Iran’s cultural centers.

“We will act lawfully,” he told the US State Department. We will operate within the system. “We have always behaved this way and we will always behave.”

Responding to a question asked by the presenter who asked, “Is the President’s word incorrect?” I am confident that the Department of Defense is still developing options. The American people need to know that whatever we are attacking will be a legitimate goal, and that will only protect and defend America. President Trump is fully aware of this. He does not want war and is reluctantly in this situation. But it has always made it clear that it is not about protecting the American people. ”

In another interview with CNN, Pompeo claimed that the assassination of  Soleimani and other actions by the Trump administration had stabilized West Asia.

Asked how the White House claims to have increased security now, he said: “The Middle East has been unstable. We are creating space and opportunity for stability. We have done this by coalition, we have done so with our friends and partners, we have done so by stating that we do not accept Iran’s rebellious behavior, unlike the former government. ”

“We will defend and protect the American people … We will continue to do so to reduce the risk to the American people,” Pompey added. “I am confident that, given the actions of the President and the Trump administration over the past three years, the risk to the American people will be far less in the long run.”

Asked whether this would mean that Iran’s actions would be halted, he said, “We are ready for whatever the Islamic Republic of Iran can do. There are definitely actors beyond Suleimani and that is why we are still ready. That is why we are sending troops to that area. All that we are doing … we are preparing for a situation where the leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran make a bad decision. ”


Former Defense Secretary  Hossein Gehghan  said Iran would attack the US military base, but did not say which base.

The incident in Tehran on Friday affirmed that at the appropriate time it would take revenge on the assassination of general  Soleimani, the military and political authorities of each country issued separate messages promising to take revenge on the testimony of the commander of the Quds Force of Iran. In this regard, the supreme leader made the promise of “hard revenge,” and President Hassan Rouhani insisted that revenge on Suleimani’s blood was “certain and appropriate.”

Former Minister of Defense of the Islamic Republic of Iran Commander Hossein Dehghan in an interview with CNN has raised some of the possibility of “hard revenge” and said Iran would attack a US military base. He said, “Iran’s response to the US will be a military action and a military base.” However, other experts have said that the Iranian response has other aspects as well.

Al-Jazeera News Agency reports, “Experts say probability of Iran’s response to Sardar Suleimani’s testimony”: After the assassination of General Qasim Soleimani, commander of Iran’s Quds Corps in the US missile attack near Baghdad International Airport and Tehran’s promise to assassinate. In retaliation, the question posed by analysts today is what will be Iran’s possible response to the attack, and where will Iran and the United States face the prospect of such an event?

Where will the Iran-US conflict be?

About the location of US-Iranian conflicts at the regional level and possible targets, the region is vast, spanning the Persian Gulf to Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Yemen and even the Indian subcontinent. The area includes the Persian Gulf, the Strait of Hormuz, and the Oman Sea, which witnesses a significant presence of Iranian Revolutionary Guards, the backbone of Iranian forces.

Al-Jazeera correspondent Noureddin al-Daghir in Tehran says there is a map of targets that Iranian officials are talking about, referring to US military bases in the Persian Gulf, which Tehran estimates to be four military targets, but in areas Onshore around Iran, sources indicate about two hundred US military bases.

Lebanese writer and political analyst Faisal Abdel-Sater reports that Iran will benefit from a vast geographic area under its control to respond to the United States because it is present throughout Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Yemen, or through its own forces. And whether it will facilitate accountability to America through its allies and loyalist forces and by coordinating with its armies in the region.

“Iran’s allies and loyalists are numerous and ubiquitous, so Iran’s response to US action could be widespread anywhere,” Abdul Sater added. “That is what will make it more difficult to answer that question. What will Iran look like from America?

Richard Gates, an expert on US security and military strategies, however, does not see direct US-Iranian military involvement as Iranians imitate China, Russia, and North Korea in their strategies to confront the United States.

He added that Iran’s strategy of confronting the US is to prevent direct military confrontation, including sporadic and far-reaching military and security steps aimed at weakening the United States, and Iran will not go so far as to allow the United States to conduct widespread military action. Against your own.

Speaking to Algeria, Gates further explains Iran’s strategy for dealing with the United States: Iranians shoot down US military aircraft, but do not kill anyone, place mines in the Gulf, but do not accept responsibility, allied to oil facilities The US is attacking the region and refusing to accept responsibility.

The security expert concludes that Tehran’s response may extend beyond the Persian Gulf, but the Iranians are trying to avoid any direct military confrontation with the US because any blow to the US could lead to their defeat. It will be possible in any confrontation, and the Iranians know this very well.

Military bases in Iraq, the UAE and Afghanistan are likely targets

Hamed Mousavi, a political science professor at the University of Tehran on the nature of Iran’s response to the US, said: “Iran’s relevant institutions are still discussing the assassination attempt on Sardar Soleimani and possible options to respond.”

He added: “Assassination of a person in the weight and importance of General Qassim Suleimani will lead to a dangerous escalation of tensions, and given the importance of the assassinated person and his position for Iran, he will put this country in front of only one option – a military response.”

Mousavi pointed to the presence of US military bases in the region, especially in Iraq, Afghanistan and the UAE. While Iran does not seek direct military confrontation with the United States, the likelihood of direct military confrontation between the two countries has dramatically increased after the Suleiman assassination.