Iran launched a series of missile attacks aimed at bases in Iraq, Iranian state television reported, saying that the missiles had been launched as the opening of Tehran’s “revenge” for the U.S. killing last week of a top Iranian general.
Iran’s foreign minister, Javad Zarif, sent a message on Twitter that suggested the missile strike could be the beginning and end of Iran’s retaliation.
“Iran took & concluded proportionate measures in self-defense under Article 51 of UN Charter targeting [the] base from which cowardly armed attack against our citizens & senior officials were launched,” he said, referring to the Asad Air Base, which is a major base for U.S. drone attacks.
“We do not seek escalation or war, but will defend ourselves against any aggression,” he wrote.
Whether Zarif speaks for all factions of Iran’s government is not clear. He has frequently been denounced by figures allied with the Revolutionary Guards.
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