Pompeo holds briefing, defends United States against accusations

Pompeo goes on record to defend the United States against any accusations that they have damaged Persian culture. Pompeo says it's not the United States who damaged the Persian culture, but instead, it's the Ayatollah.

News Channel 5 reported:

The briefing comes amid heightened tensions with Iran following the United States' assassination of Gen. Qassem Soleimani — a man the U.S. had designated a terrorist, but who was popular military leader beloved by many by Iran.

Iran vowed "harsh retaliation" in response to Soleimani's death last week. Iran's Supreme Leader has also urged that any forceful response to Soleimani's death come from the Iranian military itself, not as clandestine operations carried out by militias. Such a response would be outside of Iranian tradition and would likely further escalate tensions between the U.S.


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