Published: Sun, January 12, 2020
Money | By Ethel Goodwin

Iran's United Nations ambassador says missile strikes weren't meant to kill Americans

Iran's United Nations ambassador says missile strikes weren't meant to kill Americans

"I can reveal that I believe it probably would've been four embassies", he told Fox News in an interview taped Friday.

At the White House, Trump issued an executive order adding additional USA sanctions to the already long list his administration had imposed in an effort to force Iran to accept a new agreement that would curb its nuclear program and to halt support for militant groups throughout the Middle East.

The remarks added some detail to a series of often vague claims made by United States officials when asked why Trump, who faces an impeachment trial and a tough reelection fight, ordered the high-risk operation to kill Soleimani.

He spoke amid revelations by US officials that the American military had tried, but failed, to kill another senior Iranian commander on the same day that Soleimani was killed.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said the US had "specific information" on "imminent" attacks "against American facilities, including American embassies, military bases".

The sanctions mean "we will cut off billions of dollars of support to the Iranian regime", US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told reporters at the White House.

Earlier the same day, the Trump administration announced new sanctions on Iran in hopes of stopping its global terrorist activities.

The Thursday (January 9) vote rebuked the president just days after he ordered a drone strike that killed a top Iranian commander and raised fears of war. "They don't say that privately", he said.

But the regime fears massive reprisals from the U.S. if they hit back too hard and this week's missile attack on United States bases in Iraq caused no casualties.

"I can not exclude that if the anti-IS coalition leaves Iraq, IS will regenerate so much that it will be able to carry out attacks in Europe again", said Maas, speaking to the TV station.

The request from Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi pointed to his determination to push ahead with demands for USA troops to leave Iraq, stoked by the drone strike on Soleimani.

An Iraqi soldier stands guard in front of the US embassy while firefighters work on putting out a fire set by pro-Iranian militiamen and their supporters, in front of the USA embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. That U.S. assault set off a chain of events that included the unintentional downing of a Ukrainian jetliner by the Iran military, and calls by the Iraqi government to expel U.S. troops from their country. However, the mission to take out the Abdul Reza Shahlai was unsuccessful.

There are some 5,200 United States troops in Iraq assisting and providing training to Iraqi security counterparts to fight IS.

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