UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps General (IRGC, part of the Iranian armed forces) Kasem Sulejmani, having arrived in Iraq in early January, did not plan actions against the United States, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Monday.
Earlier, US President Donald Trump said in an interview with Fox News that Iran, at the time of the US operation to eliminate General Suleimani, was planning an attack on four American embassies, including in Baghdad. He did not name others then.
“He was heading to a place where after a few hours he was supposed to meet with the leadership of Iraq. Sulaimani did not go to the battlefield, he did not go to the field of action against the United States. From the country’s airport he went to the center, where he was to meet with the Prime Minister of Iraq”, said Rouhani, whose performance was broadcast on Iranian television.
Speaking at a meeting with the heads of foreign diplomatic missions and missions in Tehran, he called the killing of an official who was in Iraq at the invitation of the authorities a crime.
Rouhani also explained why Iran is developing high-precision and modern missiles. According to him, Iran only used them two times: once – responding to the attacks of the Islamic State group in Iran, and the second – responding for the assassination of Suleymani by striking at the Ein al-Assad base in Iraq, where the US military are stationed.
“In other words, our missiles are directed against crimes. We have never produced or accumulated missiles for aggression and will not,” Rouhani said, adding that Tehran is interested in maintaining peaceful relations with all neighbors “without exception.”
On the night of January 3, the United States conducted an operation near the Baghdad International Airport against the commander of the elite unit of the Iranian army – Al-Quds special forces General Qassem Suleimani and the deputy head of the Iraqi Shiite militia Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, who in Washington are considered involved in the organization attacks on the US embassy in Baghdad on December 31. Iran responded on January 8 with firing missiles at a base in Iraq, where the US military is located.
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