UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Democrats in the US Senate submitted a draft resolution on Wednesday condemning President Donald Trump’s threats to target Iranian cultural sites.
The network “CNN” America, that a group of members of the Democratic Council, including Senator Elizabeth Warren, a possible candidate for the presidency in 2020, submitted a draft resolution to the Senate.
She explained that the draft resolution “condemns Trump’s threats to attack cultural sites in Iran and calls on the president to refrain from violating the laws of armed conflict.”
And on Tuesday, Trump appeared to be backing away from his previous threat to target Iranian cultural sites, an act that violates international law and is seen as a war crime, according to CNN.
For the second time, Trump threatened, on Monday, to bomb Iranian cultural sites after similar statements sparked widespread criticism.
Trump, in statements quoted by the Associated Press, said that the cultural sites are a “just goal” for the US military.
And Saturday, Trump threatened for the first time to target those sites, in a Tweet on his Twitter account.
Trump said then: “They are allowed to kill and torture our people and use the roadside bombs to blow them up, while we are not allowed to compromise their cultural sites … This is not a must.”
On Sunday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said, in response to Trump’s threats, that striking cultural sites in Iran would be considered a “war crime”.
In Twitter tweets, Zarif accused Trump of “serious violations of international law through the cowardly assassinations” of the United States in Iraq last Friday, in which Qassem Soleimani, the commander of Iran’s Quds Force and others, was killed.
“Trump’s threats to commit new violations … and target cultural sites are a war crime,” Zarif said.
Soleimani, Vice President of the Popular Mobilization Authority, Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis, and 8 people who were accompanying them, were killed at dawn on Friday, following an American air strike that targeted two cars on the road to the Baghdad airport.
On Sunday, President Trump threatened to bomb 52 “important targets” of Iran if Tehran targeted any U.S. sites, in response to statements by Iranian officials of “revenge” against the background of Soleimani’s death.
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