Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said that the strike against US force were “proportionate” and in “self-defense”. He added Iran does not seek escalation of war, but will defend against aggression. Hesameddin Ashena, advisor to President Hassan Rouhani, also warned that any retaliation by the US could lead to regional war.
Iran took & concluded proportionate measures in self-defense under Article 51 of UN Charter targeting base from which cowardly armed attack against our citizens & senior officials were launched.
We do not seek escalation or war, but will defend ourselves against any aggression.
— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) January 8, 2020
Any adverse military action by the US will be met with an all out war across the region.
The Saudis, however, could take a different path – they could have total peace!
— Hesameddin Ashena (@hesamodin1) January 8, 2020