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Iran ‘will be held responsible’ for any further actions against the US or Israel, says deputy ambassador

U.S. Deputy Ambassador to the United Nations Robert Wood on Sunday strongly condemned Iran’s attack on Israel and warned that Iran will be held accountable if it takes further action against the United States, Israel or its allies.

“Let me be clear: Iran or its proxies have taken no further action against the United States or against Israel,” Wood said in remarks at a UN Security Council briefing on the situation in the Middle East. If this happens, Iran will be held responsible.”

“The United States is not seeking escalation. Our actions were purely defensive in nature,” he added.

“Iran’s intent was to cause significant harm and death to Israel,” Wood said in his remarks, adding, “Iran’s reckless actions have harmed not only the people of Israel, but also other United Nations member states. posed a threat,” he said, directly blaming Iran. In areas including Jordan and Iraq. ”

“The Security Council has an obligation not to let Iran go unchecked,” Wood said.

Wood said the United States would consider various responses at the United Nations in the coming days, urging the Security Council to “immediately and unequivocally condemn Iran’s aggressive actions and call on Iran and its partners and agents to “We ask that the attack be halted.” ”

“The United States also supports Israel in exercising its inherent right to defend itself in the face of this attack, and as President Biden has stated, we remain in close contact with Israeli leaders. ” he added.

The remarks came after Iran launched about 350 missiles and drones toward Israel on Saturday, most of which were intercepted by Israeli, U.S. and allied forces. The United States condemned the attack and reiterated its support for Israel.

President Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke by phone on Saturday.

“I just spoke with Prime Minister Netanyahu to reaffirm America’s unwavering commitment to Israel’s security,” Biden said in a statement. “I told him that Israel has demonstrated an incredible ability to defend against and defeat even unprecedented attacks, sending a clear message to its enemies that they cannot effectively threaten Israel’s security.”

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