The White House warns Iran of "severe consequences If Americans are targeted




According to a key White House adviser, the Iranian regime would face "serious consequences" if it strikes Americans, particularly anyone sanctioned by Tehran over the 2020 targeted killing of Qasem Soleimani.


In a statement released on Jan. 9, White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan issued the warning after Iran imposed sanctions on Americans on Jan. 8.


"Iran allegedly imposed sanctions on 52 Americans yesterday. They do so as Iran's proxy militias keep attacking American forces in the Middle East, and Iranian authorities threaten to carry out terror activities inside the US and internationally," Sullivan added.


Iran sanctioned more than 50 Americans for the assassination of Soleimani, the commander of Iran's Quds Force, in early 2020, according to Iran's Foreign Ministry. General Mark Milley, the current Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Robert O'Brien, then-national Trump's security adviser, are among them.


“Make no mistake: The United States of America will protect and defend its citizens. This includes those serving the United States now and those who formerly served,” Sullivan said, describing Iran’s recent actions as “threats and provocations.”


“We have our disagreements on Iran policy,” Sullivan said regarding Iran’s recent statements about Trump administration officials. “But we are united in our resolve against threats and provocations. We are united in the defense of our people.


“We have our disagreements on Iran policy,” Sullivan said regarding Iran’s recent statements about Trump administration officials. “But we are united in our resolve against threats and provocations. We are united in the defense of our people.


“We will work with our allies and partners to deter and respond to any attacks carried out by Iran. Should Iran attack any of our nationals, including any of the 52 people named yesterday, it will face severe consequences.”


10 Jan 2022

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